Peter I. Rose

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Peter I. Rose

Peter I. Rose is the Roosevelt Visiting Professor at the RIAS in the Spring 2019. 

No stranger to Middelburg, Dr. Peter Rose has recently returned to the city as Roosevelt Visiting Professor at the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies.  A sociologist, social historian and ethnographer, the Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute at Smith College in Massachusetts, first came to Middelburg nearly 20 years ago as the founding chair of the International Advisory Committee of University College Roosevelt, where he would later serve as a Fulbright Senior Specialist and visiting professor in 2008. More recently he has been involved in several symposia at the RIAS. In the spring of 2018, he was the Roosevelt Lecturer and spoke on “The Politics and Morality of U.S. Refugee Policy from FDR to the Present Day.” In the fall of 2019 he participated in the seminar on “Seeking Refuge” and gave a keynote address on “The Dependency of the Dispossessed.”

In his newest capacity, in addition to giving several talks at both RIAS and UCR – in the former instance speaking about “’Yank’as a Four-Letter Word” – he will be focusing on completion of his latest book, Tropes of Intolerance: Pride Prejudice and the Politics of Fear, to be published by Routledge in 2020, and conducting archival research on the collaborate relationship between the Scottish émigré to the United States, William Allan Neilson, long-time president of Smith College and founding member of the International Rescue Committee, and Eleanor Roosevelt, an outspoken advocate for refugees and immigrants.

He will also be looking into the very different perspectives and policy recommendations of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt toward the admission of Jewish victims of Nazism to the United States in the 1930s and early 1940s.

While anchored at Smith College since 1960, Professor Rose has also served as a visiting professor at Clark, Wesleyan, UCLA, Yale and Harvard, and as Fulbright professor in the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Austria, and The Netherlands. He has held shorter appointments in Iceland, Sweden and Spain. His many books include They and We, The Ghetto and Beyond, The Subject Is Race, The Study of Society, Americans from Africa, Strangers in Their Midst, Views from Abroad, Nation of Nations, Working with Refugees, Tempest-Tost, Guest Appearances and Other Travels in Time and Space, The Dispossessed: An Anatomy of Exile, With Few Reservations, Mainstream and Margins Revisited: Sixty Years of Commentary on Minorities in America, and a memoir, Postmonitions of a Peripatetic Professor.