Moira Roth

Moira Roth is the Trefethen Professor of Art History at Mills College, in Oakland. She is a feminist art historian and critic who writes and lectures extensively on contemporary art. She has edited four books, and in 1998, her first volume of collected essays appeared: Difference/Indifference: Musings on Postmodernism, Marcel Duchamp and John Cage (with a commentary by Jonathan D. Katz). Over the last decade or so, she has also written and published fictional narratives and poem cycles, as well as scripted and produced a series of plays in Japan, Europe, and California.

She was educated in England at the London School of Economics and in the United States, receiving a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974. In 1970 she began to teach at the University of California, first at the Irvine campus, then Santa Cruz, and from 1974–1985 at the University of California, San Diego before going to Mills College.

Since the early 1970s, Roth has been involved in feminism, and from the 1980s onward, she has worked cross-culturally, and internationally and has had a long involvement in Asian-American art history. In 1994, she and Yolanda Lopez contributed an essay, "Social Protest: Racism and Sexism," for The Power of Feminist Art: The American Movement of the 1970s, History and Impact; in 1995 she edited Faith Ringgold's autobiography, We Flew Over the Bridge; and in 1998 she wrote the afterword for Phoebe Farris's Women Artists of Color: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook to 20th Century Artists in the Americas.

Over the years Roth has published extensively on U.S. performance art, editing two books on the subject—The Amazing Decade: Women and Performance Art in America, 1970-1980, A Source Book (1983) and Rachel Rosenthal (1997), as well as many articles and interviews. She teaches an annual "History of Performance Art" course, in which students create performances as well as do research projects.