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Prof. Adam Rovner

Adam Rovner

Adam Rovner
Director, Center for Judaic Studies 
Associate Professor of English and Jewish literature
University of Denver

Sturm Hall, Room 387D
2000 E. Asbury Ave.
Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-2861

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Dr. Rovner contributed a peer-reviewed essay to the collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Hebrew (University of Washington 2018). He also recently published an article on Jabotinsky's geographic imagination in the journal Partial Answers (2017), and an award-winning essay in the edited volume What Ifs of Jewish History (Cambridge 2016). In 2018 he participated in an international workshop on Jewish literature and politics co-sponsored by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel), Duke University, and Tulane University. Also in 2018, Rovner presented the CAHSS Livingston Lecture at the University of Denver. Previously, he presented a lecture on "Migration and the Jewish American Novel of the 1930s" at an international seminar at Yale University (2017). In 2015-16, Adam Rovner served as a Lady Davis Fellow in the Department of English at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His book, In the Shadow of Zion: Promised Lands Before Israel (NYU 2014), has been well-reviewed in many outlets, including The Times Literary Supplement (UK) and leading academic journals. Adam's short documentary about the Jewish nationalist ideology known as Territorialism, "No Land Without Heaven: Isaac Nachman Steinberg and the Freeland League," was screened at the Center for Jewish History (Manhattan), the Bibliotheque Medem (Paris),and the Israeli Center for Digital Art (Holon). His general interest articles have appeared recently in The Forward, Jewish Renaissance (UK), and Paper Brigade. To learn more about his work, please visit


PhD (Comparative Literature), Indiana University, Indiana; MA (Comparative Literature), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem