History Major

Seth Rogoff

Adjunct Professor
First, the Raven:  A Preface Jacket Cover

Office Location

Payson Smith 100, Portland Campus



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. University of Amsterdam, 2020
  • M.A. Duke University, 2003
  • B.A. Literature and History, Washington University, St. Louis, 1999


Seth Rogoff has been a part-time member of the History faculty at USM since 2013.  He teaches a variety of online classes for the department, including HTY 102: Western Civilization II, Modern Russian History, and two upper level elective courses on modern World History.   He completed his BA in Literature and History at Washington University in St. Louis in 1999, earned an MA at Duke University in 2003, and recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of Amsterdam.   He has also been a Fulbright Scholar in Berlin, Germany (2006-2007). Mr. Rogoff is the author of two translations of Franz Kafka’s work and two novels, First, the Raven: A Preface (2017), and Thin Rising Vapors (2018).

Recent Publications

On Rogoff's novel, First, the Raven: A Preface

“Seth Rogoff’s unconventional novel, First, the Raven: A Preface, proves highly innovative in its conceit and almost impossibly perfect in its execution. This is a tale of confined spaces and psychological discomfort—a rendezvous, after nearly twenty years, between translator Sy Kirschbaum and playwright Gabe Slatky inside a downscale Maine bar during a blizzard. Kirschbaum, who has devoted his adult life to translating an epic Czech novel, has been summoned back to his New England hometown by his former lover, Ida, who is also Slatky’s wife and muse. As the two men engage in a raw, emotional pas de deux, we are swept into a world of lost time and fleeting hope. If any literary endeavor could stand at the nexus of My Dinner With Andre and The Iceman Cometh, this is the work. Although the influences are Bellow and Roth—diluted with a chaser of Kafka—the final product is decidedly an American original. First, the Raven runs broad and deep; it is an intelligent and inventive introduction to a voice of extraordinary power and promise.”

—Jacob M. Appel, author of Einstein’s Beach House and The Mask of Sanity

Read more about First, the Raven:  A Preface at the Sagging Meniscus Press website.