Dr. Robert Alter

Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

Robert Alter is Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at University of California in Berkeley, where he has been since 1967. He has written twenty-six books on topics ranging from literary aspects of the Bible to the modern European and American novel and modern Hebrew literature. Among his publications are Necessary Angels: Tradition and Modernity in Kafka, Benjamin, and Scholem (1991), The World of Biblical Literature (1992), Hebrew and Modernity (1994), Psalms: A Translation with Commentary (2007), Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible (2010) and The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes: A Translation with Commentary (2010). Professor Alter has been a Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, an Old Dominion Fellow at Princeton University and a Guggenheim Fellow on two occasions. In 2010, he was given the Los Angeles Times Award for Lifetime Contribution to American Letters and, in 2013, he received the Charles Homer Haskin Award for career achievement from the Association of Councils of Learned Societies.