- Department Chair
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Department of Religion
Washington, District Of Columbia
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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, The Success of Jews in the Modern Period: How Jews Overcame Centuries of Persecution and Became the West’s Most Successful Minority
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 has 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.