Office of the President

Curriculum Vitae

Name: Michael S. Roth
Address: Wesleyan University
229 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459
Telephone: (860) 685-3500
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Education: BA: Wesleyan University (1978)
MA: Princeton University (1980)
PhD: Princeton University (1983)
Awards and Fellowships: Robbins Prize (History Department, Wesleyan)-1978
Wise Prize (Philosophy Department, Wesleyan)-1978
Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa-1978
University Honors (Freud and Revolution), thesis-1978
Travel Grant, Committee for European Studies-1980
French Government Fellowship-1981-1982
Social Science Research Council Fellowship-1981-1983
Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities-1982-1983
Scripps Research Grants-Summer 1984, 1985, 1989
ACLS Post-Doctoral Fellowship-Summer/Fall 1986
Sloan Foundation Grant in New Liberal Arts-1987
Studies in Science and Technology Grant-1987
Atwood-Stevenson Grant-1990, 1991, 1992
Faculty Achievement Award, Scholarship-1991
Faculty Achievement Award, Teaching-1992
Nominated for Excellence in Teaching-1993
Mellon Grant for Workshop on Postmodernism-1994
Getty Scholar-1994-1995
Invitation to Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University-1998
Work Experience: Assistant Instructor, History, Princeton University (1980-1981)
Assistant Professor, Scripps College, Claremont Graduate School (1983-1986);
Associate (1986-1990); Professor (1990-96)
Hartley Burr Alexander Professor of Humanities, Scripps College, (1989-1995)
Founding Director, Scripps College Humanities Institute (1986-1988, 1990-95)
Director, European Studies Program, Claremont Graduate School, (1990-1996)
Curator, Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture, Library of Congress (1995-1998)
Professor, History/Cultural Studies, Claremont Graduate School, (1995-1996)
Head, Scholars and Seminars Program, Getty Research Institute, (1996-1997)
Associate Director, Getty Research Institute, (1997-2000)
President, California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts), (2000-2007)
President, Wesleyan University, (2007-)


Books: Author

  • Psycho-Analysis as History: Negation and Freedom in Freud (Cornell University Press, 1987; paperbound, 1995).
  • Knowing and History: Appropriations of Hegel in Twentieth Century France (Cornell University Press, 1988).
  • The Ironist's Cage: Trauma, Memory and the Construction of History (Columbia University Press, 1995).
  • Irresistible Decay: Ruins Reclaimed, with Claire Lyons and Charles Merewether, (Getty Research Institute, 1997).


Books and Journal Issues: Editor or co-editor

  • Series Editor for Twayne's Studies in Intellectual and Cultural History (9 volumes).
  • Series Editor for Issues and Debates and Bibliographies and Dossiers (Getty Research Institute).
  • On Tyranny: With the Correspondence of Leo Strauss and Alexandre Kojève, co-editor with Victor Gourevitch (New York, The Free Press, 1991), (French translation, 1997), (University of Chicago Press, 2000).
  • Language, Recognition and Freedom, a conference as the basis of an issue of PoliticalTheory, 21, 3 (1993) co-edited with Tracy Strong.
  • Rediscovering History: History, Politics and the Psyche, (Stanford University Press, 1994).
  • History And. . . ; Histories within the Human Sciences, co-edited with Ralph Cohen (University Press of Virginia, 1995). Shorter version in New Literary History (Volume 21 1989-1990). [Honorable mention in Best Special Issue Category, 1990, Conference of Editors of Learned Journals]
  • Freud:  Conflict and Culture (Alfred A. Knopf, 1998).
  • Disturbing Remains: Memory, History, and Crisis in the Twentieth Century co-edited with Charles Salas (Getty Research Institute, 2001).
  • Looking for Los Angeles: Architecture, Film, Photography and the Urban Landscape, co-edited with Charles Salas(GettyResearch Institute, 2001).
  • Beginnings: World Treasures of the Library of Congress with Irene Chambers (Library of Congress and Third Millennium, 2002).
  • The Art of Losing Oneself (Raritan: A Quarterly Review, Winter 2008)


Reviews and Essays:

  • "Foucault's ‘History of the Present'," History and Theory, XX, 1 (February 1981), 32-46.
  • "A Note on Kojève's Phenomenology of Right," Political Theory, XI, 3 (August 1983), 447-450.
  • "Opening a Dialogue Between Cultural Conservatism and Modernism," democracy, III, 4 (Fall 1983), 54-49.
  • "History and Certainty in the Philosophy of Eric Weil," Zeitscrift für studentischeForschung (Vienna), 1 (1984), 128-142.
  • Review of Barry Cooper, The End of History: An Essay on Modern Hegelianism (Toronto, 1984) in Political Theory, vol. 13, 1 (1985), 148-152
  • Review essay on Edward Shils, Tradition and Yosef Yerushalmi, Zakhor: Jewish History and Modern Memory, Telos, 62 (1984-1985), 218-222.
  • Introduction to and presentation of "Les peintures concretes de Kandinsky," Revue de Metaphysique et de Morale, 90 annee, 2 (1985), 149-171.
  • Review of Marc Shell, Money, Language and Thought (Berkeley 1984) in Philosophy and Literature, vol. 9, 2 (October 1985), 242-243.
  • "A Problem of Recognition: Alexandre Kojève and the End of History," History and Theory, vol. 24, 3 (1985), 293-306.
  • Review essay on recent work on Foucault, History and Theory, 27, 1 (1988), 70-80.
  • Review of Phyllis Grosskurth, Melanie Klein: Her Life and Her Work, The American Historical Review, 93, 2 (1988), 671-672.
  • "Cultural Criticism and Political Theory: Hayden White's Rhetorics of History," Political Theory, 16, 4 (1988), 636-646.
  • "Remembering Forgetting: Maladies de la Mémoire in 19th Century France," Representations, 26 (1989), 49-68.
  • "Conference Report on History And . . . ," Intellectual History Newsletter, vol. 11 (1989), 38-46.
  • "History and . . . Introduction," New Literary History, vol. 21, 2 (1989-1990), 239-251.
  • "Socrate, la morale et la politique chez Eric Weil," le cahier du collège internationale de philosophie, 9-10 (1990); also in translation in Brazil in Sintese, 46 (1989), 121-124.
  • "Bibliography of Writings on and of Alexandre Kojève," published as an appendix to Kojève, LeConcept, le Temps et le Discours (Paris, 1990), 303-310.
  • "Narrative as Enclosure: The Contextual Histories of H. Stuart Hughes," Journal of the History of Ideas, 51, 3 (1990), 505-515.
  • Review of Michel Foucault, Politics, Philosophy, Culture:  Selected Interviews and Other Writings, in The American Historical Review, 95, 3 (1990), 776-777.
  • Review essay on Richard Rorty's Contingency, Irony and Solidarity, History and Theory, 29, 3 (1990), 329-357.
  • Review of Chocolat, directed by Claire Denis, for the film section of The American Historical Review, 95, 3 (1990), 776-777.
  • Review of John H. Smith, The Spirit and Its Letter: Traces of Rhetoric in Hegel's Philosophy of Bildung, in Clio, 19, 4 (1990), 398-400.
  • "The Ironist's Cage," Political Theory, 19, 3 (1991), 419-432.
  • "Dying of the Past: Medical Studies of Nostalgia in Nineteenth-Century France," History and Memory, 3,1 (1991), 5-29. Reprinted as "Returning to Nostalgia," in Home and its Dislocations in Nineteenth-Century France, ed. by Suzanne Nash (SUNY 1993).
  • "Natural Right and the End of History: Leo Strauss and Alexandre Kojève," Revue de Metaphysique et de Morale, 96, 3 (1991).
  • "Foucault on Discourse and History," in The Philosophy of Discourse, edited by Chip Sills and George H. Jensen (Heinemann, 1992).
  • "The Time of Nostalgia: Medicine, history and normality in 19th-century France," Time and Society, vol. 1, 2 (1992), 271-286.
  • "Unsettling the Past: Objectivity, Irony and History: Peter Novick's That Noble Dream: The "Objectivity Question and the American Historical Profession," in Annals of Scholarship, 9, 1-2 (1992), 171-182.
  • Review essay on Francis Fukuyama's The End of History and the Last Man, in History and Theory, 32, 2 (1993), 188-196.
  • "Politics, Piety and Transformation," Tikkun (Nov.-Dec., 1993), 79-81.
  • "Reinscribing Michel Foucault," Intellectual History Newsletter, vol. 15 (1993), 57-61.
  • "Shoah as Shiva," in People of the Book: Thirty Scholars Reflect on their Jewish Identity, (Wisconsin University Press, 1996).  [Also published in Etnofoor (Amsterdam), VI, 1 (1993), 83-94].
  • "Violence and the De-Meaning of America," Tikkun (Jan-Feb, 1994), 27-28, 87.
  • "Performing History: Modernist Contextualism in Carl Schorske's Fin de siècle Vienna," The American Historical Review. 99, 3 (1994), 729-745.
  • "Freud's Use and Abuse of the Past," in Rediscovering History (Stanford University Press, 1994).
  • "Victims, Memory, History," Tikkun, March/April, 1994, 59-60, 95.
  • "Education for Democracy," Tikkun, July/August, 1994, 51-52.
  • "We are What We Remember (and Forget)," Tikkun, Nov/Dec, 1994, 41-42, 91.
  • Review of the film, L'Oeil de Vichy, American Historical Review, 99, 4 (1994), 1242-1244.
  • "You Must Remember This: History, Trauma and Memory in Hiroshima Mon Amour," in Revisioning History: Film and the Construction of the Past (Princeton University Press, 1995).
  • "On a Certain Blindness in Teaching," Higher Education Exchange (1995), 8-17.
  • "Past Imperfect," in Tikkun, Sept/Oct, 1995, 49-50.
  • "On the Limits of Critical Thinking," Tikkun, Jan/Feb, 1996, 85-86. Reprinted in Point/Counterpoint, ed. Jane McGrath (Harcourt Brace, 1998).
  • "The Freud Flap," Tikkun, March/April, 1996, 40-41.
  • "The Fracas Over Freud," The Chronicle of Higher Education, May, 1996, 60.
  • "Hysterical Remembering," MODERNISM / modernity, 3, no. 2, (1996), 1-30.
  • Review of Shadia B. Drury, Alexandre Kojève: The Roots of Postmodern Politics, Political Theory, 1996, 338-343.
  • "Multiple Contextualizations," The Art Bulletin, 1997.
  • "Alexandre Kojève," in The Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Routledge, 1998).
  • "Trauma, Representation and Historical Consciousness," Common Knowledge, v.7 (1998), 99-110. Also in Die dunkle Spur der Vergangenheit (Suhrkamp, 1998).
  • Review of Georg G. Iggers, Historiography in the Twentieth Century: From Scientific Objectivity to the Postmodern Challenge, American Historical Review, 103 (1998), 1221-1222.
  • "Yin Yang," review of Darwin's Worms: On Life Stories and Death Stories, by Adam Philips, LosAngeles Times, April 9, 2000.
  • "Falling into History: Freud's Case of Emmy von N." in The Psychoanalytic Century: Freud's Legacy for the Future (The Other Press, 2001), 5-20.
  • Commentary on "Letter from Sigmund Freud to Max Schiller," The World from Here: Treasures of the Great Libraries of Los Angeles, Getty Publications, 2001.
  • "Analyze This," review of The Secret Artist: A Close Reading of Sigmund Freud, by Lesley Chamberlain, Los Angeles Times, March 24, 2002.
  • "The Adversary Among Us," review of Society Must be Defended: Lectures at the College de France 1975-76, by Michael Foucault, Los Angeles Times, August 31, 2003.
  • "How our Educational System Institutionalizes Mediocrity," review of Stupidity and Tears, by Herbert Kohl, San Francisco Chronicle, January 25, 2004.
  • "Tainted Love," review of The Seduction of Unreason: The Intellectual Romance with Fascism from Nietzsche to Postmodernism, by Richard Wolin, BookForum, Summer 2004.
  • "Reeling from the Aftereffects of an Experiment," review of The Man Who Shocked the World: The Life and Legacy of Stanley Milgram, by Thomas Blass, San Francisco Chronicle, July 4, 2004.
  • "Classic Postmodernism," review of Refiguring History: New Thoughts on an Old Discipline by Keith Jenkins, History and Theory, vol.43, October 2004, pp. 372-378.
  • "Futuristic designs give way to grim realities," review of Naked Airport: A Cultural History of the World's Most Revolutionary Structure, by Alastair Gordon, San Francisco Chronicle, September 5, 2004.
  • "Is it a Wonderful Life?," book review of Cities of Words: Pedagogical Letters on a Register of the Moral Life and Emerson's Transcendental Etudes, by Stanley Cavell, BookForum, October/November 2004, p. 21.
  • "The Necessity of Art in a Time of War", San Francisco Chronicle, June 29, 2004
  • "Opposition from Within," a commentary on Dominick LaCapra's ‘Tropisms of Intellectual History,' Rethinking History, Vol. 8, No. 4, December 2004, pp. 531-535.
  • "The Pursuit of Happiness Shouldn't Have a Price Tag,"review of American Mania, Peter C. Whybrow, San Francisco Chronicle, February 13, 2005.
  • "Stargazing for the Sake of Dreams," review of Twentieth Century Fox: Inside the Photo Archive and The Bad and the Beautiful: Photographs by Ellen Graham, Henry N. Abrams, 2004, Los Angeles Times, February 27, 2005.
  • "Book of Jay," review of Songs of Experience, Martin Jay, BookForum, April/May 2005.
  • Review of Stranded in the Present: Modern Time and the Melancholy of History, Peter Fritzsche, The American Historical Review, Vol. 110, No. 2, April 2005, p. 436.
  • Review of At Day's Close, by A. Roger Ekirch, San Francisco Chronicle, June 19, 2005.
  • "Why Trauma Now," in Emotion et Affectivité, ed. Claude Imbert (Editions Gallimard forthcoming).
  • "America's First Display of Remorse," review of Judge Sewall's Apology, The Salem Witch Trials and the Forming of the American Conscience, Richard Francis, San Francisco Chronicle, August 14, 2005.
  • "Oh, the gloire of it all," review of The Essence of Style, Joan DeJean; and La Belle France, A Short History, Alistair Horne, San Francisco Chronicle, September 4, 2005.
  • "Race, Crime and Penalties for GIs in WWII," review of The Interpreter, Alice Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, September 5, 2005.
  • "Trying to define the meaning of sanity," review of Going Sane: Maps of Happiness, Adam Phillips, Los Angeles Times, October 1, 2005.
  • "Out of Ruins, A New Identity," review of Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, Tony Judt, San Francisco Chronicle, October 23, 2005.
  • "Revisiting Yosemite's Iconic Imagery," review of Yosemite in Time, Mark Klett, Rebecca Solnit and Byron Wolfe, San Francisco Chronicle, December 4, 2005.
  • "Recurring Subjects," review of The Ongoing Moment, Geoff Dyer, San Francisco Chronicle, December 11, 2005.
  • "Ordinary Film," Raritan, v. XXV, Number 2, Fall 2005, pp. 1-11.
  • "Trauma: A Dystopia of the Spirit," Thinking Utopia, ed. J. Rusen, M. Fehr, T. Rieger; Berghahn Books, Making Sense of History series, New York, 2005.
  • "Reagan: ‘Impossible not to like the man,'" review of President Reagan, The Triumph of Imagination, by Richard Reeves, in San Francisco Chronicle, January 8, 2006.
  • "Celluloid dreams and the mind's eye," review of The Power of Movies, Colin McGinn, in Los Angeles Times, January 18, 2006.
  • "The Good European," review of American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville, by Bernard-Henri Lévy, in BookForum, Feb/March 2006.
  • "Nietzsche in France" for The Columbia History of Twentieth-Century French Thought, ed. Lawrence D. Kritzman, Columbia University Press, NY, 2006, pp. 309-311.
  • "Jean Hyppolite," for The Columbia History of Twentieth-Century French Thought, ed. Lawrence D. Kritzman, Columbia University Press, NY, 2006, pp. 545-547.
  • "What film critics add to literature," review of American Movie Critics, An Anthology from the Silents Until Now, edited by Phillip Lopate, in San Francisco Chronicle, March 26, 2006.
  • "Orphan Antics," review of Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius, by Leo Damrosch, in BookForum, April/May 2006.
  • "Being and Nothingness-Far Into the Future," review of The Possibility of an Island, by Michel Houellebecq, in San Francisco Chronicle, June 18, 2006.
  • "Timothy, bleary," review of Timothy Leary, A Biography, by Robert Greenfield, in Los Angeles Times, July 2, 2006.
  • "Word on Terror," review of The Flowers of Tarbes, by Jean Paulhan, in Bookforum, Summer 2006.
  • "A Different Kind of Believer," review of Ghost Hunters, William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death, by Deborah Blum, in Los Angeles Times, August 6, 2006.
  • "Seeing the Future in the Past," review of The Shape of Things to Come, by Greil Marcus, in San Francisco Chronicle, September 17, 2006.
  • "Vidal spins on people, prose, politics," review of Point to Point Navigation, by Gore Vidal, in San Francisco Chronicle, November 12, 2006.
  • "The Women Who Stoked the Fuhrer's Operatic Passions," review of Winifred Wagner, A Life at the Heart of Hitler's Beyreuth, by Brigitte Hamann, in San Francisco Chronicle, December 13, 2006.
  • "Encounter Session," review of Putnam Camp, by George Prochnik, in BookForum, Dec/Jan 2007.
  • "Boswell of the Couch," review of Freud's Wizard: Ernest Jones and the Transformation of
  • Psychoanalysis, by Brenda Maddox, in BookForum, April/May 2007.
  • "Poisoned by Bad Situations," review of The Lucifer Effect, by Philip Zimbardo, in San Francisco Chronicle, April 29, 2007.
  • "Artful Dodger," review of Multiple Arts: The Muses II, by Jean-Luc Nancy, BookForum, June/July/August 2007.
  • "Freudian analysis," review of The Death of Sigmund Freud: The Legacy of His Last Days, by Mark Edmundson, Los Angeles Times, September 23, 2007
  • Review of The Cultural Contradictions of Democracy:  Political Thought since September 11, by John Brenkman, San Francisco Chronicle, November 4, 2007
  • Review of "The Sixties Unplugged - A Kaleidoscopic History of a Disorderly Decade" by Gerard J. DeGroot, San Francisco Chronicle, April 20, 2008
  • "Shame About That," review of Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips's Intimacies, BookForum, April/May 2008
  • "Framed," a review of Standard Operating Procedure, by Philip Gourevitch and Errol Morris, Los Angeles Times, May 25, 2008.
  • Review of The Making of an American Philosopher, by Neil Gross, San Francisco Chronicle, July 20, 2008.
  • Review of Left in Dark Times, by Bernard-Henri Lévy, San Francisco Chronicle, October 22, 2008.
  • Review of Call Me Ted, by Ted Turner, San Francisco Chronicle, November 11, 2008.
  • Review of Annie Leibovitz at Work, by Annie Leibovitz, Los Angeles Times, December 21, 2008.
  • "Schmooze Snooze" review of Four Jews on Parnassus - A Conversation: Benjamin Adorno, Scholem, Schönberg, by Carl Djerassi, BookForum, Dec/Jan 2008.
  • "Master Plan" review of Hegel, Haiti and Universal History, by Susan Buck-Morss, BookForum, Feb/March 2008.
  • Review of The Art Instinct, by Denis Dutton, Los Angeles Times, February 8, 2009.
  • "In a crisis, a college's role changes," The Boston Globe, May, 28, 2009.
  • Review of The Years of Talking Dangerously, by Geoffrey Nunberg, The San Francisco Chronicle, June 16, 2009.
  • Review of  The American Future, by Simon Schama, SF Chronicle, July 5,2009.
  • Review of The Battle for America 2008, SF Chronicle, August 16, 2009.
  • "Beyond Critical Thinking," The Chronicle Review, January 3, 2010.
  • Review of The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr, by Ken Gormley, SF Chronicle, Feb 21, 2010.
  • Review of Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity, by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, Nov 1, 2009.
  • Review of A Dream of Undying Fame,  by Louis Breger, LA Times, November 22, 2009.
  • Review of The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University, by Louis Menand, LA Times, January 10, 2010.
  • Review of "Daring Young Men" The Heroism and Triumph of the Berlin Airlift, June 1948-May 1949 by Richard Reeves, SF Chronicle, March 28, 2010.

Papers and Lectures:

  • "Knowing and History: The Resurgence of French of 1989. Hegelianism from the 1930s through the Post-War Period," Scripps College, January 1983.
  • "Natural Right and the End of History: Leo Strauss and Alexandre Kojève," American Political Science Association Convention, 1983; Claremont Junior Faculty in History, 1983."Psychoanalysis and Feminism," Claremont-McKenna College, November 1983.
  • "Psychoanalysis and the Philosophy of Science: A Response to Clark Glymour," Claremont Humanities Collegium, March 1984.
  • Chair, "The American Mind," Conference on Tocqueville, Claremont Institute, January 1985.
  • "Education:  Freedom, Equality and Solidarity," Phi Beta Kappa Address at Scripps College, 1986.
  • "Memory and Tradition," Claremont Hillel, 1987.
  • "Styles of Delegitimation:  Nietzsche, Deleuze and Foucault," Critical Theory Program, UCLA, 1987; History Department, Columbia University, 1988; Claremont Social and Political Theory Forum, 1988.
  • "Psychoanalysis and Feminism," Claremont Colleges, May 1987.
  • Chair, "The New Historicism," The Humanities Institute, Stanford University, 1987.
  • "Foucault's Use of the Past," Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, 1988.
  • "The Place of Piety in Contemporary Theory of History," Scripps College Humanities Institute, 1988.
  • "Sentimental Educations: From Solidarity to Social Hope," Awards Convocation, Scripps College, 1988.
  • "Response to Leith and Margadant on the French Revolution," UCLA, 1988.
  • "Socrates la morale et la politique chez Eric Weil," Collège Internationale de Philosophie, Paris, 1988.
  • "The Ironist's Cage," Drew University Graduate Colloquium, 1989; History Department, University of Washington at Seattle, 1989; Philosophy and Literature Group, UC Berkeley, 1990.
  • "Intellectuals and Ideas in France from the 1930s through the Present," UCLA, 1989, 1990. Claremont Graduate School, 1991.
  • Chair, "Poststructuralism and Cultural History," American Historical Association, 1989.
  • Retrospective and Round-up, Final Plenary Session on "Bodies in Space," Philosophy and Literature Association Meetings, Irvine, 1990.
  • "Alexander Kojève and Leo Strauss on the End of History," American Political Science Association, August 1990.
  • Chair, "What is the Good of History?," Pomona College, 1991.
  • "Recapturing the Past: The Disease of Nostalgia in 19th-Century France," UC Santa Barbara Humanities Center Program on Human Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Conference, 1991.
  • "You Must Remember This: History, Trauma and Memory in Hiroshima Mon Amour," 20th Century French Studies Conference, 1991; UCLA 1993; Rutgers University, 1994.
  • "History, Memory and Trauma in Hiroshima Mon Amour and Shoah," Department of Romance Languages, Wake Forest University, 1991.
  • "The Past that Wounds: Memory Disorders in 19th-Century France," Humanities Center and School of Public Health, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Dept. of Modern Languages, University of Nebraska, 1992. CNRS group on Ethnography and Comparative Sociology, Univ. of Paris, X, Humanities Center, University of Virginia, History of Human Sciences, University of Chicago, 1992.  University of Kentucky, 1995, University of Oregon, 1995, Getty Research Institute, 1995.
  • Discussant, "The Future of Deconstruction," Humanities Center, UC, Santa Barbara, 1992.
  • Chair, "History, Memory and Desire," Conference in Philosophy and Literature, UC, Berkeley, 1992.
  • "Preserving the Abnormal: Musées Pathologiques in 19th-Century France," Modern Languages Association, 1992.
  • "Ghosts, Photography and the Time of the Real in late 19th Century France," Modern Languages Association, 1993.
  • "Trauma, Representation and Historical Consciousness," ZiF, Bielefeld, Germany, 1995; Transylvania Univ., 1995; Western Humanities Conf., 1995; Yale University, 1995. 19th Cent French Studies, 1995. Getty Research Institute, 1996.
  • "Falling into History: The Case of Emmy von N," NYU, 1996, International Object Relations Association, 1998.
  • "Why Trauma Now? The Fate of Wounded Representation," Cornell Center for Humanities, 1998, Stony Brook Center for Humanities, 1998, Univ. of Kentucky, 1999, Ecole Normale, 1999, Yale, 2000.
  • "Making an Exhibition Historical: Freud: Conflict and Culture," Smithsonian Associates, Getty Research Institute, USC, UC Santa Barbara, 1998, The Jewish Museum, Alpbach Seminar, 1999, Field Museum, Chicago, 1999, Huntington Library, 1999, Oregon State, 1999 Univ. Washington, 2000, Yale University, 2000, UCLA Medical School, 2000, Williams College, 2000.
  • "A Simple Problem: Photographing Jews," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1999, Jewish Museum, 2000.
  • "Freud and the Problem of History," Wesleyan University, 2000.
  • "Making an Exhibition Historical," Clark Institute, Williams University, 2000.
  • "Difficult Memories, Contested Histories: Discussion with Eva Hoffman," UC Berkeley, 2000.
  • "Trauma: A Dystopia of the Spirit," Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Hagen, Germany, 2001.
  • Los Angeles Times Festival of Books "Beyond the Madhouse: From Bedlam to Prozac," panel discussion, April 2001.
  • The Films of Peter Forgacs, panel discussion, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, April 2001.
  • "Freud and our Past," Keynote presentation, upon the opening of the Freud show at the Field Museum, Chicago, October 2001.
  • "Why Freud Haunts Us," symposium, "Viennese Ghosts: Culture and Politics," Clark Institute, Williams University, August 3, 2002.
  • Biography on Film, The Films of Peter Forgacs, The Getty Research Institute, September 12, 2002.
  • Afterword, "Reality Checks: Painting in the Exploded Field, Selections from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection," CCAC Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts catalog, 2002.
  • SFMOMA Foto Forum Lecture, "August Sander: People of the 20th Century," February 4, 2003.
  • SOFA Chicago, Lecture:  "Crafts' Intersection with Art, Architecture and Design," October 17, 2003.
  • Lecture, "What's in a Name? New Ways of Looking at Craft," Oakland Museum of California, May 2004.
  • SOFA Chicago, Lecture: "Against the Grain: The Wornick Distinguished Visiting Professor in Wood Arts at CCA, November 5, 2004.
  • "Teaching Artists and Showing Art: Museums, Art Schools, Artists, and Students," SFMOMA ‘Art Sandwiched In,' January 18, 2005.
  • Lecture "Education through the Arts," Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) Annual Meeting, "Liberal Education and the New Academy: Raising Expectations, Keeping Promises," San Francisco, January 26-29, 2005.
  • Panel discussion, Commonwealth Club of California, "Making Sense of Today's Art World," April 5, 2005.
  • Session Presenter for "Can Culture Save Urban Centers?," Grantmakers in the Arts 2005 conference, October 17, 2005.
  • Colloquium participant, "Mining Memory," on the work of filmmaker Peter Forgacs, Magnes Museum, San Francisco, October 30, 2005.
  • Address to SFMOMA/SECA on the role of the art school in the local art ecosystem, February 21, 2006.
  • Keynote address, "Why Freud Haunts Us," at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco's Freud Fest, May 21, 2006. Also interviewed on KPIX TV 5 relating to this event, March 28, 2006, and KQED Forum, May 4, 2006.
  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar in "Aesthetics Out of Bounds" lecture series, sponsored by the Center for the Arts in Society, Carnegie Mellon University,  March 20, 2006 lecture entitled "How We Pay Our Respects to the Past: Facts, Deeds, Piety."
  • Lecture, "Why Freud Haunts Us," at the Pacific Union Club, San Francisco, October 23, 2006.
  • Lecture on CCA's traveling exhibit "The Gray Area," Sonoma County Museum of Art, December 1, 2006.


Teaching Fields:

  • Modern European History; Intellectual History; Cultural Studies; French History; Cultural History; Critical Theory; Modern Literature; Film Studies; Philosophy of History; Psychoanalysis; Political Theory; Photography and Representation.



  • World Treasures of the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 2000-02.
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, Roundtable Discussion on "Memory," 2001.
  • Harsh Canvas: The Art and Life of Henry Sugimoto, '28, exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, 2001.
  • Editorial committee Getty Research Institute, Issues and Debates series and Texts and Documents series, 2002.
  • Manuscript evaluator for University Press of New England and University of North Carolina Press, 2004; for Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2006.


Advisory Boards:

  • Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (2001-2007)
  • Architectural Foundation of San Francisco (2003-2007)
  • Creative Growth (2002-04)
  • Elder Arts (2004)
  • New Langton Arts (2004)
  • Psychoanalysis and History (2004)
  • Hearts in San Francisco (2003)
  • Rose Resnick Light House for the Blind and Visually Impaired (2004)
  • The Contemporary Jewish Museum, (CJM), San Francisco (2004-2007)
  • Museum of Arts and Design (2004)
  • Visual Aid (2004)
  • California Museum for History, Women and the Arts (2005)


  • Radio KPPC Los Angeles, interview with Charles Salas on the publication of "Disturbing Remains."
  • Radio KCRW Los Angeles, "To the Point" interview with Warren Onley on the publication of "Disturbing Remains."
  • Radio KALW "West Coast Live," hosted by Sedge Thomson, upon the 150th anniversary of the City of Oakland, June 8, 2002.
  • Guest speaker, Zen Hospice Project's 15th Anniversary, July 11, 2002.
  • Participant, American Craft Council, Education Task Force, New York, Spring 2003.
  • Commencement Address, UC Berkeley Department of History of Art, May 23, 2003.
  • Radio KQED "Forum" hosted by Michael Krasny, August 19, 2003.
  • Conference moderator, The Ideal Art School in the 20th Century, Aspen, CO, August 23, 2003.
  • Guest Speaker, Zen Hospice Project, presentation on "The Art of Now," November 2, 2003.
  • Discussant, Spark, KQED-TV, "From Life/Viola Frey," February 18, 2004.
  • Radio KQED "Forum" hosted by Michael Krasny, A conversation about arts, crafts and the relationship, and differences, between them, April 28, 2004.
  • Graduation Address, New School for the Arts and Academics, Tempe, Arizona, May 27, 2004.
  • Opinion essay, "The Necessity of Art in a Time of War", San Francisco Chronicle, June 29, 2004.
  • Moderator, panel discussion "Jew as Artist and Artist as Jew," sponsored by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, SFMOMA, September 27, 2004.
  • Moderator, panel discussion, "From Page to Screen," Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, April 23, 2005.
  • Moderator, panel discussion, "Can Culture Save Urban Centers? at the Grantmakers in the Arts 2005 conference, Culture Jam: Friction, Fushion, Synery, October 17, 2005, Los Angeles.
  • Opinion essay "Getty spends too little? He's not buying it," Los Angeles Times, February 16, 2006.
  • Keynote Address, Pomona College Trustee-Faculty Retreat, February 25, 2006.
  • Member of Host Committee for California Creative Capital's celebration of grantees, April 3, 2006.
  • Radio KQED "Forum" hosted by Michael Krasny, 100 Families Oakland, April 24, 2006.
  • Member, National Book Critics Circle, 2006.
  • Moderator, panel discussion, "Critical Writing and Scholarship," at the American Craft Council's national leadership conference, "Shaping the Future of Craft," October 20, 2006.
  • Interviewer of Sam Harris on the publication of his book, Letter to a Christian Nation, as part of the 150th anniversary celebration of The Atlantic, San Francisco, October 28, 2006.