Michael S. Roth
(born April 8, 1957) is an academic and university administrator. He became the 16th president of Wesleyan University
in 2007. Formerly, he was the 8th president of the California College of the Arts
(2000–2007), associate director of the Getty Research Institute
in Los Angeles, and Director of European Studies at Claremont Graduate University
. He was also H.B. Professor of Humanities at Scripps College
, where he founded and directed the Scripps College Humanities Institute.
Roth has described his scholarly interests as centered on “how people make sense of the past.” He has edited many volumes in intellectual and cultural history and is the author of four books: Psycho-Analysis as History: Negation and Freedom in Freud
(Cornell University Press, 1987, 1995); Knowing and History: Appropriations of Hegel in Twentieth Century France
(Cornell, 1988); The Ironist’s Cage: Trauma, Memory and the Construction of History
(Columbia University Press, 1995); and Irresistible Decay: Ruins Reclaimed
, with Clare Lyons and Charles Merewether (Getty Research Institute, 1997). His current book Memory, Trauma, and History: Essays on Living With the Past
will be published in the fall of 2011 by Columbia University...