Rothman has worked as a translator, editor and journalist in Israel and the United States, was the Founding Academic Director of the Canada-Israel Foundation for Academic Exchanges, and, for over thirty years, was a professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, heading the Jewish and Middle East Studies program at its College of the Humanities. He has been at the University of Miami’s Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies where he is the Associate Director for Academic Development.
At the Miller Center, Rothman is responsible for research and innovative academic programs. In this capacity he is the Coordinator of the Holocaust Survivors Support Internship Program with 50 plus interns each semester and the Executive Director of the University of Miami’s Semester in Israel, UGalilee. He also has served as Co-Director of Lower Jordan Valley Initiative and Chaired annual meetings of Jordan Valley Mayors’ Forum; Chair, Nobel Laureates’ Working Group (of the Petra Conference) on the Environment in the Middle East; Investigator , Interdisciplinary Project on Vector-Borne Disease in the Middle East; and, Investigator, Department of Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness in Miami-Dade Project;
Rothman has also served as a consultant to different levels of government, international agencies and non-governmental organizations in the areas of peace-building, peacemaking, policing and policy and project management. He has led teams that designed peacekeeper training in the Middle East and Latin America, peacebuilding in the Balkans, managing cultural diversity in Canada and senior police training for the Directors General of Policing in seven Balkan countries.
Publications & Media
Rothman has authored or co-authored 8 books, including A Guide to The Middle East for United Nations Peacekeeping Forces, The Middle East for Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation and for the Queens Printer. He has edited works on peacekeeping, written occasional papers on security and policy in Latin America, such as Securing the Future: The Reconstruction of Cuba’s Security Services, and prepared reports to government agencies, such as Anti-Incitement and Peace Education in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, and Information Communications Technology and Peacebuilding in the Balkans.
Rothman has also produced over 100 video-based training and educational programs for youth, university courses and professional and industrial purposes. These include a thirteen-part international co-production, The Middle East, peacekeeper training for the United Nations, and work on community identity. These programs have won over twenty-five international awards for excellence, including first prize at the New York Film & TV Festival, the National Educational Film & Video Festival, the Houston International Film Festival and the Chicago International Film & Video Festival, among others