Peter Rothsten came to Juniata in 1998 as a lecturer in English and in 2013 was granted status as an assistant professor in history and in teaching Juniata's College Writing Seminar.
He earned a bachelor's degree in history and studio art in 1990 from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. He also spent a year at Cornell University's intensive Japanese language program, completing the program in 1991. He earned a master's degree in 1997 in East Asian history and went on to earn a doctoral degree in the same discipline in 2010, both from the University of Chicago.
After earning his bachelor's degree, Rothstein taught English and worked as a cultural liaison and translator for the city of Toyosaka, Japan for the 1991-1992 academic year. From 1992 to 1995, he worked as a program coordinator for the International Clinical Epidemiology Network in Philadelphia, Pa.
In 1997, he returned to the University of Chicago to work as a Toyota Centennial Teaching Fellow, where he taught the university's East Asian Civilizations course.
He came to Juniata in 1998, primarily teaching the College Writing Seminar every semester, but also teaching such courses as Cultural Analysis: Modernity Knowledge and the Self, World Civilizations and several courses in Chinese and Japanese history.
He has been active in the Huntingdon, Pa. community, serving as a school board director with the Huntingdon Area School District from 2003 to 2011. Within the school board, Rothstein served as the board's legislative chair from 2003 to 2005. He became the board's transportation chair in 2006 and continues to serve in that capacity on the board.
Rothstein also served as a legislative council member for the Pennsylvania School Boards Association from 2003 to 2005.