Moshik Temkin

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
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John F. Kennedy School of Government
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Moshik Temkin


Moshik Temkin, Associate Professor of Public Policy, joined the Harvard Kennedy School faculty in 2008. Previously he taught at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and at Columbia University. He received his B.A. at the Hebrew University and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in History at Columbia. A specialist in American international history, with an emphasis on 20th century transatlantic politics, he is the author of The Sacco-Vanzetti Affair: America on Trial (Yale University Press, 2009; paperback edition, 2011), which was a finalist for the Cundill International Prize. His research interests include the history of the death penalty in comparative perspective, Malcolm X's career and politics in a global context, and the contest between international politics and travel control during and since the Cold War. At Harvard, he is also affiliated with the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, the Center for European Studies, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. At the Kennedy School, he convenes the Harvard Seminar on History and Policy. In 2010-2011, he co-convened the Harvard International and Global History Seminar. As of 2011, he is a Big Think Inaugural Delphi Fellow.



Review of The Sacco-Vanzetti Affair in the London Review of Books

Profile for the History News Network's "Top Young Historians" Feature

Rorotoko Interview about The Sacco-Vanzetti Affair

Culture Shocks Interview about The Sacco-Vanzetti Affair

Op Ed in the Los Angeles Times on the Death Penalty





  • DPI-720 Leaders and Leadership in History


  • DPI-714 The United States and the World: Politics, Policy, and the Uses of History


  • DPI-730Y The Past and the Present: Directed Research in History and Public Policy