Michael S. Roth

President, Wesleyan University

Michael S. Roth is President of Wesleyan University. He is an editor of several books of intellectual history and the author of six: Psycho-Analysis as History: Negation and Freedom in Freud (Cornell University Press, 1987), Knowing and History: Appropriations of Hegel in Twentieth Century France (Cornell University Press, 1988), The Ironist’s Cage: Memory, Trauma and the Construction of History (Columbia University Press, 1995) and Irresistible Decay: Ruins Reclaimed, with Claire Lyons and Charles Merewether, (Getty Research Institute, 1997), and History, Memory and Trauma: Essays on Living With the Past (Columbia University Press 2011) and Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters (Yale University Press, 2014). Roth was the curator of the exhibition “Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture,” which opened at the Library of Congress in October 1998 and traveled within the United States, Europe and South America. His essays and reviews appear in national newspapers, scholarly journals and a variety of websites. He blogs at