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Sociology

Peter I. Rose
Sophia Smith Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Kahn Liberal Arts Institute

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Peter I. Rose was born in Rochester, New York in 1933. He received an A.B. from Syracuse University in 1954 and a PhD from Cornell University in 1959. He is Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology and Senior Fellow of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute at Smith, where, for more than thirty years he was director of the American Studies Diploma Program for international graduate students. He is also a member of the graduate faculty of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Smith College has been his academic base since 1960, but he has spent considerable time off-campus in this country and abroad. He taught at Goucher College in Baltimore in 1958-1960 and has been a visiting professor at Clark, the University of Colorado, Wesleyan, UCLA, Yale, and Harvard, and a visiting fellow at the East-West center in Honolulu, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and the Hoover Institution at Stanford. A frequent lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, from which he received the University Medal in 1994, he has also served as Fulbright Professor at the University of Leicester in England, Flinders University in Australia, and the Kyoto Summer Seminar in Japan. He was Fulbright Senior Specialist and visiting professor at the University of Vienna in the spring of 2004 and at the Roosevelt University College of Utrecht University in The Netherlands in the fall of 2008. He has also been a visiting scholar at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, Rockefeller Foundation's Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy, Rhodes Trust Visiting Professor and visiting fellow of St. Catherine's College, both at Oxford University, fellow in anthropology and in history at the Ligurian Center for Arts and Humanities in Bogliasco, Italy, Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Graduate School of American Studies at Doshisha University in Kyoto, and short-term guest professor at the University of Iceland, Gothenburg University in Sweden, and the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain. He has lectured in over 40 other countries.

Many of these activities are discussed and excerpts from his writings are included in a recent memoir, Postmonitions of a Peripatetic Professor (Levellers Press, 2013).

Best known for his book They and We (Random House 1964; Paradigm, 7th and 50th anniversary edition, 2014), Peter Rose is also the author of The Subject is Race (Oxford University Press, 1967), Strangers in Their Midst (Richwood, 1977), Mainstream and Margins (Transaction Books, 1983), Tempest-Tost (Oxford, 1997), and Guest Appearances (Swallow Press, 2003) and is co-author of Over Vreemdeling en Vluchteling (On Strangers and Refugees) (Gianotten, the Netherlands, 1983), Sociology (Harper and Row, 1977; St. Martin's Press, 2nd 1982) and Understanding Society (Prentice Hall, 3rd ed. 1989). He is the editor of The Study of Society (Random House, 1967; 4th ed. 1977), The Ghetto and Beyond (Random House, 1969), Americans from Africa Vol. I: Slavery and Its Aftermath;Vol. II: Old Memories, New Moods (Atherton, 1970), Nation of Nations (Random House, 1972), Seeing Ourselves (Knopf, 1972; 2nd ed. 1975), Views from Abroad (Forum, 1978), Socialization and the Life Cycle (St. Martin's, 1979), Working with Refugees (Center for Migration Studies, 1986), Pluralism at the Crossroads (Sage, 1993), Professorial Passions (Smith College, 1998), and The Dispossessed: An Anatomy of Exile (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005), and is co-editor of Through Different Eyes (Oxford, 1973). He has published a number of scholarly and "extracurricular" articles and over 200 reviews and review essays in sociological and historical journals and in the pages of the Christian Science Monitor, Present Tense, Newsday, Congress Monthly, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and Hampshire Life.

With a secondary career as a freelance writer and travel journalist and photographer, he is a frequent contributor to a variety of newspapers and both print and web-based magazines, including Travelworld International and SoGoNow.com, which he edited for several years. In 2011 he received the silver medal of the North American Travel Journalists Association for With Few Reservations: Travels at Home and Abroad (iUniverse, 2010), a collection of his travel essays.

Rose has long been active in professional academic organizations. Former president of the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS), he was also the first president of the Massachusetts Sociological society (from which he received the first Pioneer Award) and he served as vice president of the ESS and the national Society for the Study of Social Problems, a member of the Council of the American Sociological Association, and a member of the editorial boards of Races and Nations, The Journal of Refugee Studies, and New Community. From 1965-80 he was consulting editor in sociology at Random House/Knopf and was principal consultant to Time-Life Books for its 14 volume series, Human Behavior. He also served as consultant and adviser to a number of other publishers as well as to private and governmental agencies in the U.S. and abroad on issues of desegregation, refugee policy, international scholarly exchanges and higher education, and for 20 years he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. He is also a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the North American Travel Journalists Association and several other professional writers associations.

Rose was first chair of the International Advisory Board of University College Utrecht, an international honors college of Utrecht University and its newer “sister” institution, Roosevelt University College, located in Middelburg, The Netherlands. He is a frequent faculty member and fellow in the Global Studies Program and a member of the American Studies Board of the Salzburg Seminar in Austria.