Edward Rothstein is Critic at Large for The Wall Street Journal and a columnist and contributor to other publications. He was Critic at Large for The New York Times from 1995 until December, 2014, reviewing museums and exhibitions and writing, "Connections," a column about arts and ideas. Before that he served as Chief Music Critic of The New York Times (1991-1995).
He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013 and is a longtime Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities, where he has also served as interim program director and as Chair of the Committee on the Future, which helped map out a plan for the Institute in the 1990s.
He is the author of Emblems of Mind: The Inner Life of Music and Mathematics (Times Books, 1995; University of Chicago Press, 2006), which was named one of the 25 best books of 1995 by both Publisher's Weekly and the New York Public Library. He is co-author of Visions of Utopia (Oxford University Press, 2003).
He has also been a technology columnist for The New York Times, and music critic for The New Republic (1984-1991). His essays on a wide variety of subjects have appeared in The New York Review of Books, Commentary, The American Scholar, The New Republic, The London Independent, and other magazines and journals. He won two ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards for his music criticism, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award for his work on math and music, and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1991.
A graduate of Yale University, he holds a doctorate from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He has done graduate work in mathematics at Brandeis University and earned a Master's Degree in English literature from Columbia University.