Posted by William Nunnelley on 2003-02-04

Eminent historian Sheldon Rothblatt of the University of California, Berkeley will serve as Visiting Distinguished Professor of History at Samford University during the spring semester of 2003.

Dr. Rothblatt, noted for his study of the modern university, is teaching an Honors class in Cultural Perspectives and a senior-level course in The Coming of Age in Britain and America, which looks at the rise of universities in the two nations.

Rothblatt has written extensively in his field. His most recent book, The Modern University and its Discontents, was published by Cambridge University in 1997. He is currently at work on another book-length study tentatively titled An Introduction to the Study of University History. He has written two other books and dozens of scholarly essays and articles for publication in the U.S. and Europe.

Rothblatt was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which awards Nobel Prizes, in 2001.

The historian taught at California, Berkeley from 1963 until 1998, when he became Professor Emeritus. He was chairman of the Department of History during 1983-87 and Director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education during 1991-96.

Rothblatt has served as visiting scholar at universities in Britain, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Italy, Australia and the U.S. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his scholarship.

Since 1992, Rothblatt has written a monthly column for The Times of London Higher Education Supplement. He serves on the editorial boards of eight scholarly journals.

He holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from California, Berkeley, and was an Ehrman Student at King's College, Cambridge University during 1961-63.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.