Dr. Seth Gopin earned a BA in French from Rutgers College and a Ph.D. in Art History from Rutgers University. His academic interest is exoticism in early 18th-century European art and he specializes in the Franco-Flemish painter, Jean Baptiste Vanmour, whose career was based in Constantinople. His publications include an essay on Vanmour in Guardi: Quadri turcheschi, Galleria di Palazzo Cini, Venice, Italy, 1993; Jean-Baptiste Vanmour, a Painter of Turqueries, 1994; "Watteau's Chinoiseries at La Muette," Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 1997; and "The Influence of Jean Baptiste Vanmour," I Guardi: Vedute, capricci, feste, disegni e “quadri turcheschi,” Venice, 2002. He is currently preparing an exhibition, “Jean Baptiste Vanmour, un peintre valenciennois, à Constantinople” for the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Valenciennes in northern France.
In addition, Seth taught several very popular art history courses at Rutgers College including the 600-student class, Introduction to Art History, and an award winning summer course in Paris, Spaces and Places: Historical Development of Space in the City of Paris. He writes and lectures on the American skyscraper, and is particularly interested in the skyscraper as an iconic image for American popular culture.
For a quarter of a century, Seth worked to internationalize the Rutgers curriculum and among his successes is the founding of the university's many study abroad programs around the world. Until his early retirement, he served as the Director of Global Programs for Rutgers. Seth also oversaw the New Brunswick Office for Scholarships and Fellowships. In that role he helped countless Rutgers students to prepare for some of the most prestigious scholarships and fellowships available. He mentored dozens of Rutgers students who went on to win Fulbright, Goldwater, and Truman scholarships. Most significantly, a few years ago two of his students --Randall Pinkett, School of Engineering, and Dana Brown, Rutgers College--won Rhodes scholarships to Oxford University. Seth was knighted by the Prime Minister of France for his work in helping to globalize French universities.
After twenty-seven years at Rutgers University, Seth retired early to pursue his own interests. He served as the editor of newsTibet, the official voice of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile. With Daniel S.Palmer, he co-founded Metro Insights. As a former resident of Lewes in East Sussex, Seth became involved with the celebration of Thomas Paine’s life there. He became the American voice with Lewes town officials and the organizers of the festival. Within a short time, Seth was a core member of the organizing team. Beyond co-authoring the festival handbook, he helped be oversee many of the festival’s activities. Among Seth's many distinctions, he is particularly proud to be a licensed tour guide in the City of New York.