Sheldon Rothblatt


Member Since: 1996

Sheldon Rothblatt is professor emeritus of history at the University of California (UC), Berkeley. He was formerly chair of the department of history and director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education at Berkeley. He was educated at UC Berkeley and King’s College, Cambridge University. He holds an honorary doctorate from Gothenburg University in Sweden. Rothblatt has received Guggenheim, American Council of Learned Societies, and Social Science Research fellowships; has been a Davis fellow at Princeton University and a visitor at Nuffield College, Oxford University; and has held visiting professorships in Austria, Sweden, Norway, and Australia. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Britain and in 2001 he was named a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He received the History of Education Society Biennial Prize for the best essay in educational history published in an English language journal. In 2010 he was named Knight Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star (1748), Sweden’s highest honor to foreigners. He gave the Sir Douglas Robb Lectures for 2008 at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His publications include The Revolution of the Dons: Cambridge and Society in Victorian England, Tradition and Change in English Liberal Education, The Modern University and Its Discontents: The Fate of Newman’s Legacies in Britain and America and Education’s Abiding Moral Dilemma: Merit and Worth in the Cross-Atlantic Democracies, 1800-2006.

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