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Prof. Sheldon Rothblatt

Professor Rothblatt was honored by the Swedish king as Knight Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star, the kingdom’s highest award to foreigners. He is Professor of History Emeritus and former Director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC Berkeley. Educated at Berkeley and King’s College, Cambridge University, he holds an honorary degree from Gothenburg University, Sweden and has been a visiting professor at American universities such as Stanford and NYU and in countries such as Norway, Australia, Sweden and Austria. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Advancement of Science and a Visiting Fellow of New College, Nuffield, St. Cross and Magdalen Colleges, Oxford University. Upon retirement he received the Berkeley Citation, the highest award bestowed by the campus. He is currently a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Britain, a Fellow of the Society for Research in Higher Education, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the body that awards most Nobel Prizes, and a member of the National Academy of Education (U.S.). His specialties are modern British and European history. His writings have been translated into seven languages.