Robert H Abzug
Director, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Phone: +1 512 475 7240, +1 512 475 6178
Robert Abzug is the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Regents Chair of Jewish Studies and Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and the founding Director of the University's Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies
Professor Abzug's scholarship explores the formation of social and moral consciousness in American culture. He has worked in three major fields: social reform and religious life in antebellum America, America and the Holocaust, and, most recently, the interpenetration of religion and psychology in modern American culture. Abzug's research has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies and numerous other foundations.
Abzug is in the final stages of preparing a biography of the American psychologist, Rollo May. In addition, he has published a new edition for classroom use of William James's Varieties of Religious Experience (2012). He is currently doing research on Jews and other minorities in the state of Montana and will be producing a volume for University of Texas Press's Texas Bookshelf on insiders and outsiders and the creation of the Texas myth. Abzug also edits a book series for UT Press, Exploring Jewish Arts and Culture.