Roosevelt Montas

Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum Columbia University

Roosevelt Montas is Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum at Columbia College. He specializes in Antebellum American literature and culture, with a particular interest in American citizenship. His dissertation, Rethinking America: Abolitionism and the Antebellum Transformation of the Discourse of National Identity, won Columbia University’s 2004 Bancroft Award. In 2000, he received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student. He regularly teaches Introduction to Contemporary Civilization, a year-long course on primary texts in moral and political thought in the West, as well as a seminar in American Studies entitled Freedom and Citizenship in the United States. As Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum, he speaks and writes frequently on the history, meaning, and future of liberal education.