Arthur Goldhammer (born November 17, 1946) is an American academic and translator.

Early life

Goldhammer studied mathematics at MIT, gaining his PhD in 1973.


Since 1977 he has worked as a translator.[1] He is based at the Center for European Studies at Harvard.[2]

Goldhammer is a four-time winner of the French-American Foundation translation prize,[3] including for his translations of Alexis de Tocqueville's The Ancien Régime and the French Revolution and Democracy in America.[4]

Goldhammer's translation of Thomas Piketty's book Capital in the Twenty-First Century became a New York Times best-seller.[3]

Personal life

Goldhammer lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[3]

Works translated


  1. ^ Curriculum Vitae
  2. ^ Arthur Goldhammer
  3. ^ a b c Gura, David (May 15, 2014). "Meet Thomas Piketty's translator". Marketplace. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  4. ^ "Past winners". French-American Foundation. Retrieved 2018-03-05.