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Larry Rothfield

Associate Professor, Departments of English and Comparative Literature; Director, Cultural Policy Center

Rothfield’s research on the nineteenth-century novel in England and France led him to consider the history of efforts to mobilize culture for various ends, and how the arts, humanities, and heritage been conceived as a “public good.” This in turn led him to co-found the University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center ten years ago, which brings together faculty whose research—whether in economics, law, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, political science, public policy, history, art history, or cultural studies—touches on or could help inform policies (regarding copyright regimes, government funding, censorship, heritage preservation, etc.) affecting the arts and humanities. Rothfield’s research in cultural policy falls into three broad areas: cultural heritage; the arts and urban development; and humanities policy. His publications include: Vital Signs: Medical Realism in Nineteenth-Century Fiction, The Rape of Mesopotamia: Behind the Looting of the Iraq Museum, Antiquities under Siege: Cultural Heritage Protection after the Iraq War, and Chicago Music City. He also writes a blog on cultural heritage called The Punching Bag.

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