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Paul Edward Gottfried, American humanities educator, editor-in-chief. Recipient award National Endowment of the Humanities, 1969; Earhart fellow, 1970, 73, 77, 83, 88, Guggenheim fellow, 1984; National Endowment of the Humanities teaching fellow United States Naval Academy, 1993. Member Neoclassical Reform Jewish Movement (organizer), Società Libera (associate).


Gottfried, Paul Edward was born on November 21, 1941 in New York City. Son of Andrew Gottfried and Ruth Weiser.


Bachelor, Yeshiva University, 1963. Master of Science, Yale University, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1967.


Graduate fellow Yale University, New Haven, 1965-1966. Assistant professor history Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, 1968-1971. Visiting assistant professor history New York University, New York City, 1971-1972.

Chairman history department Rockford (Illinois) College, 1974-1986. Senior editor The World and I, Washington, 1986-1993. Professor humanities Elizabethtown (Pennsylvania) College, since 1989.

Editor-in-chief This World, since 1992.



After Liberalism: Mass Democracy in the Managerial State, Princeton University Press, 2001The Strange Death of Marxism: The European Left in the New Millennium, University of Missouri Press, 2005Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007Fascism: The of a Concept, Northern Illinois University Press, 2015“The WASP Roots of Liberal Internationalism”.


Member Neoclassical Reform Jewish Movement (organizer), Società Libera (associate).


  • Other Interests

    Welfare state, democratic pluralism, Romanticism.


Married Diane Zelcer, June 15, 1969 (deceased February 1994). Children: Barbara Hollander, Joseph, Jonathan, Beth, Sara. Married Mary Zwir, May 12, 2000.

Andrew Gottfried

Ruth Weiser

Diane Zelcer

Mary Zwir

Barbara Hollander Gottfried

Joseph Gottfried

Jonathan Gottfried

Beth Gottfried

Sara Gottfried