John K. Roth
BiographyJohn K. Roth is the Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights (now the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights) at Claremont McKenna College, where he taught from 1966 through 2006. In 2007-2008, he served as the Robert and Carolyn Frederick Distinguished Visiting Professor of Ethics at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. In addition to service on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and on the editorial board for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, he has published hundreds of articles and reviews and authored or edited more than fifty books, including Ethics during and after the Holocaust: In the Shadow of Birkenau; The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies; The Failures of Ethics: Confronting the Holocaust, Genocide, and Other Mass Atrocities; Sources of Holocaust Insight: Learning and Teaching about the Genocide; and Advancing Holocaust Studies. Roth has been Visiting Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa, Israel, and his Holocaust-related research appointments have included a Koerner Visiting Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in England as well as an appointment as the Ina Levine Invitational Scholar at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. In 1988, Roth was named U.S. National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The holder of several honorary degrees, Roth has also received the Holocaust Educational Foundation's Distinguished Achievement Award for Holocaust Studies and Research.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My philosophical work concentrates on ethics and focuses on Holocaust and genocide studies.
I presently live in the rural Northwest, not far from the North Cascades National Park, in Washington state.