Peter Becker, PhD

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University
Peter Becker received his PhD from Harvard's American Studies Program and holds MA degrees from Harvard (English) and Hamburg University (History, Latin, and Education). The literature of war, oppression, and the ethical ramifications for descendants of perpetrators lie at the center of his personal narrative and his intellectual work. The recipient of the Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities, he is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Literatures of Historical Guilt: How the Perpetrators' Descendants Deal with Their Past, which focuses on the literature of slavery in the United States and the Holocaust in Germany. Before becoming a Lecturer in Writing and the Humanities at Harvard University Division of Continuing Education, he served as a faculty member for the Harvard College Writing Program and directed and advised honors senior theses in the History and Literature program at Harvard. Throughout his 14 years of teaching and advising at Harvard, Peter Becker has received numerous Certificates of Excellence in Teaching from the Derek Bok Center, the Stephen Botein Prize for Excellence in Mentoring, and the James E. Conway Award for Excellence in Teaching Writing.


  • PhD Harvard University