Faculty & Staff
Laurence D. Roth, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Director, Jewish Studies Program
Office Location: Fisher Hall - Rm 243
PHD, Univ of California Los Angeles
MA, Univ of California Los Angeles
BA, Univ of California Berkeley
Roth is the author of Inspecting Jews: American Jewish Detective Stories (Rutgers U. P.) and editor of Modern Language Studies, the scholarly journal of the Northeast Modern Language Association and the 2005 Council of Editors of Learned Journals’ Phoenix Award Runner-Up for Significant Editorial Achievement. He founded and directs the Jewish Studies Program and the Publishing & Editing minor, and he teaches courses in Jewish literature, contemporary American literature, formula stories and popular writing, literary theory, and book reviewing.
His most recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., Studies in American Jewish Literature, Shofar, Journal of Scholarly Publishing, Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels (Continuum), Modern Jewish Literatures: Intersections and Boundaries (U. of Pennsylvania P.), The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches (Rutgers U. P.), and Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish History, Religion, and Culture (Cambridge U. P.).
Currently he serves on the Editorial Board of Studies in American Jewish Literature and the Executive Committee of the MLA Jewish American Discussion Group. He is also co-editing, with Nadia Valman, The Routledge Handbook to Contemporary Jewish Cultures, and working on a book project, Unpacking My Father’s Bookstore: Collection, Commerce, Literature, for which he was awarded a fellowship at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Michigan during the spring semester of 2013.
Roth is the recipient of the 2005 John C. Horn Distinguished Service Lectureship for outstanding scholarship and service to the university, and in 2004 he held the Charles W. and Sally Rothfeld Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania.
A guitarist and songwriter in several bands on the L.A. post-punk club circuit, he continues to perform regularly with the central Pennsylvania-based rock band Faculty Lounge. He lives in Selinsgrove, Pa., with his wife, Mary, and his son Jonah.
- ENGL-205 Literature Studies
- ENGL-225 Literatures of the Americas 1865 - Pres
- ENGL-255 Jewish Literature
- ENGL-265 Critical Surveys in Forms of Writing
- ENGL-290 Aesthetics and Interpretation
- ENGL-350 Studies in Major Authors
- ENGL-385 Book Reviewing
- ENGL-505 Independent Study
- ENGL-540 Internship
- JWST-255 Jewish Literature
- WRIT-540 Internship