Dr. Robert Abzug

Director, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, UT Austin

Robert Abzug is Director of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, Audre and Bernard Rapoport Regents Chair of Jewish Studies and Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Texas in Austin. His research centers on religion and moral consciousness in American life. Professor Abzug is author or editor of six books, among them: Inside the Vicious Heart: Americans and the Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps (1985), Cosmos Crumbling: American Reform and the Religious Imagination (1994), America Views the Holocaust, 1933-1945 (1999) and, most recently, an abridged edition of William James’s Varieties of Religious Experience (2012). He is also completing a biography of the American psychologist Rollo May, and has begun research on Jews in the rural American West. More generally, he is interested in the qualitative interaction of Jews and Christians in American society. In 2007, he became founding Director of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies. In 1990-91, he held the Eric Voegelin Visiting Professorship at the University of Munich. Professor Abzug has previously been a Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow.