Carlo Rotella is an American non-fiction writer, and academic.
He graduated from Wesleyan University and from Yale University, with a Ph.D. At Boston College, he directs both the American Studies Program and the Lowell Humanities Series. He also teaches writing in the English department and courses in the department of American Studies.
In 2006, he gave lectures in Bosnia and Herzegovina on a U.S. Speaker and Specialist Grant from the State Department. He is an editor of the "Chicago Visions and Revisions" series at the University of Chicago Press.
He writes for the New York Times Magazine and the Washington Post Magazine. His work has appeared in Critical Inquiry, American Quarterly, The American Scholar, Raritan, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, Transition, Harper's, DoubleTake, Boston, Slate, The Believer, TriQuarterly, Yale Alumni Magazine, and The Best American Essays.
He is the younger brother of journalist Sebastian Rotella.
- 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship 
- Howard fellowships
- Du Bois fellowships
- 2007 Whiting Writers' Award
- L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award, Cut Time: An Education at the Fights
- The American Scholar's prizes for Best Essay
- Cut Time: An Education at the Fights. Houghton Mifflin. 2003. ISBN 978-0-618-14533-1.
- Good With Their Hands: Boxers, Bluesmen, and Other Characters from the Rust Belt. University of California Press. 2002. ISBN 978-0-520-24335-4.
- October Cities: The Redevelopment of Urban Literature. University of California Press. 1998. ISBN 978-0-520-21144-5.
- Playing in Time. University of Chicago Press. 2012. ISBN 978-0-226-72909-1.
- Colleen McDannell, ed. (2007). "Praying for Stones Like This: The Godfather Trilogy". Catholics in the Movies. Oxford University Press. pp. 227–252. ISBN 978-0-19-530656-9.
- William J. Savage, Daniel Simon, ed. (1999). "The Story of Decline and the October City". The man with the golden arm. Seven Stories Press. ISBN 978-1-58322-008-5.
- Rotella, Carlo (November 22, 2009). "The Mouse Sled". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 28, 2010.
- Rotella, Carlo (July 15, 2009). "The Genre Artist". The New York Times. Retrieved April 28, 2010.
- "Bullies", Slate, Alan E. Kazdin, Carlo Rotella, Aug. 11, 2009
- "Pulp History," Raritan 27.1 (Summer 2007): 11-36.
- Rotella, Carlo (April 15, 2007). "Shannon Briggs Says Nyet,". New York Times Magazine. pp. 36–39. Retrieved April 28, 2010.
- "The Two Jameses," The Believer (April, 2007): 49-54.
- "The Elements of Providence," Washington Post Magazine (September 17, 2006): 24-28, 51-53.
- "The Kingdom and the Power," Boston (August 2006): 69-84.
- Rotella, Carlo (September 2, 2005). "Answering Call of America's Weirdness". The New York Times. Retrieved April 28, 2010.