Robert Eisen

Robert Eisen

Title:
Department Chair
Office:
303B
Address: 2106 G St. NW
Department of Religion
Washington, District Of Columbia
Phone: 202-994-6327
Email:
eisen@gwu.edu

Areas of Expertise

Judaism, History of Jewish Thought, and Jewish Ethics

Robert Eisen is Professor of Religion and Judaic Studies and Chair of the Department of Religion. The focus of his most recent research is approaches to peace and violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. His other areas of interest also include Jewish philosophy, biblical interpretation, and comparative religion

Eisen is author of four books that reflect his varied interests: Gersonides on Providence, Covenant, and the Chosen People (State University of New York Press, 1995); The Book of Job in Medieval Jewish Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2004); The Peace and Violence of Judaism: From the Bible to Modern Zionism (Oxford University Press, 2011); Religious Zionism, Jewish Law, and the Morality of War (Oxford University Press, 2017). He also co-edited Philosophers and the Jewish Bible (University of Maryland Press, 2008) with Charles Manekin.

Eisen is currently working on a book about why Jews have been remarkably successful in the modern Western world economically, intellectually, and culturally. The title of the book is, Jews—A Success Story: How a Minority Survived Centuries of Persecution and Thrived in the Modern West.

Eisen has received a number of grants and awards to support his research, including a Fulbright research grant at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1999-2000. He was also given a teaching award in 2005 from George Washington University in recognition of his contributions in the classroom.

Eisen is active in adult education initiatives. He served from 1991-2008 on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Jewish Studies which brings lecturers to Washington from academic institutions all over the world. He has also lectured and taught widely in the Jewish and non-Jewish communities in Washington and elsewhere.

Eisen is active as a consultant on issues of religion and international conflict with an interest in fostering better relations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims throughout the world. For this purpose, he has participated in a number of high-level dialogues and consultations in Washington and abroad.