Alan Mittleman

Friday, July 28, 2017

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Alan Mittleman holds the Aaron Rabinowitz and Simon H. Rifkind Chair in Jewish Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. 

Prof. Mittleman is the author of six books, most recently Human Nature and Jewish Thought: Judaism's Case for Why Persons Matter (Princeton, 2015). He has also written Between Kant and Kabbalah (SUNY Press, 1990), The Politics of Torah (SUNY Press, 1996), The Scepter Shall Not Depart from Judah (Lexington Books, 2000), Hope in a Democratic Age (Oxford University Press, 2009), and A Short History of Jewish Ethics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).  He is the editor of four books, Jewish Polity and American Civil Society (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), Jews and the American Public Square (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), Religion as a Public Good (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003) and Uneasy Allies: Evangelical-Jewish Relations (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007). His many articles and reviews have appeared in such scholarly journals as the Harvard Theological Review, The Heythrop Journal, Modern Judaism, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy, Political Theology, The Jewish Political Studies Review, and The Journal of Religion. He has been a frequent contributor to First Things.  His essays have appeared in numerous edited volumes, including The Cambridge Companion to American Judaism and The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion. 

Prof. Mittleman holds a B.A. (Magna cum Laude) from Brandeis University and an M.A. and Ph.D. (with distinction) from Temple University. He is the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship and served as Guest Research Professor at the University of Cologne (1994 and 1996). He has lectured widely in Germany in over fifty trips to that country.  Mittleman received a Harry Starr Fellowship in Modern Jewish History from Harvard University’s Center for Jewish Studies (1997) and served as Visiting Professor in the Department of Religion at Princeton University (2007). He has recently received grants from the Herzl Institute and the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, both sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation and from the Jack Miller Center. He is currently at work on a volume entitled Holiness and Violence in Judaism, under contract with Princeton University Press and is editing Ideas of Holiness in Jewish Thought, under contract with Oxford University Press. 

From 2000 to 2004, Prof. Mittleman served as director of a major research project initiated by The Pew Charitable Trusts, “Jews and the American Public Square.” Under his direction, the project produced two national surveys of Jewish attitudes on public affairs, three volumes comprising forty scholarly essays, and fifteen conferences around the U.S.

Prof. Mittleman has been interviewed by Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, The Forward and other newspapers. As an active participant in interfaith dialogue, he was part of leadership delegations that met with Pope John Paul II and with Pope Benedict XVI. During the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, he spoke on the meaning of religious liberty for American Jews in the chambers of the U.S. Senate. He served on the Advisory Boards of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and of the John Templeton Foundation and currently serves on the academic advisory board of the Ethikon Foundation.

An avid fly fisherman, he lives near a trout stream in eastern Pennsylvania with his wife. He is the father of two adult sons.