Lawrence Rothfield

English Language & Literature/Comparative Literature

Lawrence Rothfield is Associate Professor in the Departments of English Language and Literature and Comparative Literature. His research focuses on the way that humanistic research and other cultural activities are caught up within larger political struggles and economic or social agendas. He is the former director and co-founder of the Cultural Policy Center, which brings together faculty whose research—whether in economics, law, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, political science, public policy, history, art history, or cultural studies—touches on or could help inform policies affecting the arts and humanities. He is the author of The Rape of Mesopotamia: Behind the Looting of the Iraq Museum (Chicago, 2009) and he edited Antiquities Under Siege: Cultural Heritage Protection after the Iraq War (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).