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Peter I. Rose

Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology

Peter Rose


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Peter I. Rose was born in Rochester, New York, in 1933. He received a bachelor of arts from Syracuse University in 1954 and a doctorate 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 30 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 1958–60 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, where he is currently a visiting scholar at the Research Institute for Social Science. 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. In 2019 he served as the Roosevelt Visiting Professor at the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies in Middelburg, Netherlands.

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

Best known for his book They and We, Rose has written many books and edited several collected works and journals (see below). He has also published a number of scholarly and extracurricular articles and more than 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, 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. He recently started working in an entirely new literary genre, children’s literature. His first book, Max, the Sea-Dog, was published in the spring of 2018.

He has long been active in professional academic organizations. Former president of the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) and the Robin M. Williams, Jr. Distinguished Lecturer in that same organization in 2016, he was also the first president of the Massachusetts Sociological Society and 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 to 1980 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 has also been a consultant and adviser to a number of other publishers as well as to private and governmental agencies in the United States 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 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 Advisory Board of University College Utrecht, an international honors college of Utrecht University (modeled on Smith College) and UCU’s newer sister institution, Roosevelt University College, both located in the Netherlands. Each spring he serves on the faculty of the Global Citizenship Alliance Program based at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria, where he is also a member of the American Studies Advisory Committee and fellow of the SGS.

He and his wife, Hedy, live in Northampton and Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

Selected Publications


Pride, Prejudice, and the Politics of Fear (Routledge, 2021).

Mainstream and Margins Revisited: Sixty Years of Commentary on American Pluralism (Transaction Books, 2016).

They and We (Random House, 1964; 7th and 50th anniversary edition, Paradigm, 2014).

Postmonitions of a Peripatetic Professor (Levellers Press, 2013).

With Few Reservations (iUniverse, 2010).

Guest Appearances and Other Travels in Time and Space (Swallow Press, 2003).

Tempest-Tost (Oxford University Press, 1997). 

Mainstream and Margins (Transaction Books, 1983). 

Strangers in Their Midst (Richwood, 1977). 

The Subject is Race (Oxford University Press, 1967). 


Over Vreemdeling en Vluchteling (On Strangers and Refugees,) with H.P.M. Adriaansens (Gianotten, the Netherlands, 1983). 

Sociology, with Myron and Penina Glazer (Harper and Row, 1977; St. Martin's Press, 2nd ed., 1982). 

Understanding Society, with Myron and Penina Glazer (Prentice Hall, 3rd ed., 1989).


Americans From Africa, Vol. I: Slavery and Its Aftermath; Vol. II: Old Memories, New Moods (Atherton, 1970; new edition, Routledge, 2016). 

The Dispossessed: An Anatomy of Exile (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005) 

Professorial Passions (Smith College, 1998). 

Pluralism at the Crossroads (Sage, 1993).

Working with Refugees (Center for Migration Studies, 1986). 

Socialization and the Life Cycle (St. Martin's, 1979).

Views From Abroad (Forum, 1978). 

Nation of Nations (Random House, 1972; reprinted by University Press of America,1982). 

Seeing Ourselves (Knopf, 1972; 2nd ed. 1975). 

The Ghetto and Beyond (Random House, 1969). 

The Study of Society (Random House, 1967; 4th ed., 1977). 


Through Different Eyes, with Stanley Rothman and William Julius Wilson (Oxford University Press, 1973).

The Threat of War: Policy and Public Opinion, with Jerome Laulicht (special issue of Social Problems, 11: 1963).


Ph.D., Cornell University
A.B., Syracuse University

Personal website

Selected Works in Smith ScholarWorks