• Biographical Description

  • I was born and raised in the United States, and completed my undergraduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Later, I lived in Israel for several years and became a naturalized citizen of that country. During my time in Israel I milked cows on a kibbutz, waited tables and managed an Italian restaurant in Jerusalem, served in the military as an educator and administrator, and completed my M.A. in comparative literature at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I later received my Ph.D. in comparative literature from Indiana University, where I further developed my expertise in Holocaust literature, Hebrew literature, and humor studies.

    Prior to coming to the University of Denver, I taught literature and narrative theory at the DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA; 2003-2006), and was an assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and Languages at Hofstra University and Director of the Hebrew program (Hempstead, NY; 2006-2008).

    I am now associate professor of English and Jewish literature in the Department of English and the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver. I also serve as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of English.

    My book, "In the Shadow of Zion: Promised Lands Before Israel" (NYU), was published in the fall of 2014 and has received several positive reviews. For more on my research see www.adamrovner.com

  • Video

  • Appearance on Australian TV (Quicktime)
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  • Australian TV appearance (web)
  • "No Land Without Heaven" documentary (Center for Jewish History--NYC)
  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Curriculum Vitae (Fall 2017)

  • Publications

  • Please see my c.v. for a complete list of publications.

  • Research

  • My current research is focused on two areas:

    1) a "biography" of Israel's national anthem 

    2) the application of narrative theory to works of literature and other media (research articles)

  • Intellectual Journalism

  • "Madagascar--An Almost Jewish Homeland" (Moment)
  • "Shake A Family Tree, And a Jew Falls Out" (Forward)
    • “Shake a Family Tree, and a Jew Falls Out.” Forward. 22 May 2009: 14.
  • "Melvin Vaniman--Aerial Pioneer" (American History)

    “Melvin Vaniman—Aerial Pioneer.” American History (April 2006): 20-22, 72.

  • "Zions other than Zion" (Forward)


  • "Friendly Firebrand: A.B. Yehoshua" (Jewish Quarterly)

    •  “Friendly Firebrand: A. B. Yehoshua Speaks with Adam Rovner.” Jewish Quarterly. (Fall 2008): 24-27.
  • "Etgar Keret in Context" (Words Without Borders)
  • Interview with Etgar Keret (Words Without Borders)
  • Interview with Aharon Appelfeld (Forward)
  • Interview with Alex Epstein (Forward)
  • Essay on Yosef Bar-Yosef (Words Without Borders)
  • "Chai Noon" (Forward)
  • "A Boardwalk Empire of Their Own" (Forward)
  • "You Don't Know Zubi!" (Forward)
  • "Bread to Eat and Clothes to Wear" (Forward)

    The Forward. 15 July 2011. p.10.

  • "A Portuguese Palestine" (History Today)

This portfolio last updated: 10-Sep-2017 12:13 PM