Service to Core Wins Distinction for Rothschild

Photograph: Joseph Rothschild. Photo Credit: Joe Pineiro.

Joseph Rothschild, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia, is to receive the third annual award for Distinguished Service to the Core Curriculum in a ceremony in the President's Room of Faculty House on Wed., Oct. 11, at 5:00 P.M.

Speaking at. the ceremony are Wm. Theodore deBary, director of the Heyman Center for the Humanities; David Cohen, vice president for the arts and sciences; Austin Quigley, dean of Columbia College; J.W. Smit, professor of history; Warner Schilling, professor of political science and Ira Katznelson, professor of political science and a former student of Rothschild.

Rothschild received his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia and his Ph.D. from Oxford.

He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in political science at Columbia since 1955. He has taught Contemporary Civilization for more than 30 years.

In recognition of his commitment to his students and his teaching excellence, he received the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Older Graduates in 1978 and the Mark Van Doren Award for Great Teaching from Columbia College students in 1991.

Rothschild has been chairman of the department of political science three times: from 1971 to 1975, 1981 to 1982 and 1989 to 1991; chairman of the Contemporary Civilization Program from 1968 to 1971 and chairman of the department of government from 18 64 to 1967.

He has been departmental representative for Columbia College and the School of General Studies from 1983 to 1991, and a member of numerous committees, including the Committee on Instruction (1984-87), the Academic Affairs Committee (1983-90) and the Executive Committee of the Arts and Sciences (1979-82).

He also has been an associate at the Institute on East Central Europe, the Russian Institute and the Program on Soviet Nationality Problems, as well as a member of the administrative board of the Research Institute on Institutional Change (1968-92).

Rothschild has received a Woodrow Wilson International Fellowship (1993-94); a Ford Foundation-American Council of Learned Societies Research Grant (1985-86); a Visiting Fellowship at the Lehrman Institute (1979), and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (1978-79). He is a member of the Academy of Political Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Phi Beta Kappa and the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America.

His numerous publications include Return to Diversity: A Political History of East Central Europe Since World War II, 1989; Ethnopolitics A Conceptual Framework, 1981; East Central Europe Between the Two World Wars, 1974; Pilsudski's Coup d'Etat, 1966, and the Communist Party of Bulgaria: Origins and Development: 1883-1936, 19 59. He is the coeditor of Introduction to Contemporary Civilization in the West, Third Edition, 1960.

Columbia University Record -- October 13, 1995 -- Vol. 21, No. 6