Norman Roth is an Emeritus Professor of Jewish history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ph.D., Cornell. With a knowledge both of medieval Hebrew and Classical Arabic, Roth is the leading expert on boylove in the non-Christian Mediterranean world of what is called (from a Christian perspective) the Middle Ages. In a series of influential articles in the 1980s, Roth revealed the importance of the "beloved boy" in (medieval) Hispano-Jewish culture, at that time virtually unknown save for an article published in the Spanish journal Sefarad in 1953. He also published an article on boylove in medieval Arabic poetry in Paidika.