Robert Erlewine

Robert Erlewine


Ph.D., Rice University, 2006

Robert Erlewine is a Professor in the Religion Department at Illinois Wesleyan.

Dr. Erlewine teaches courses on the religious diversity and the challenges of tolerance and pluralism, Judaism throughout the ages, Diasporic Judaism (especially American Jewish thought), philosophers reading the Bible, and the problem of evil.

Professor Erlewine holds graduate degrees from Boston College (M.A. in Philosophy) and Rice University (Ph.D in Religious Studies). As a scholar, Dr. Erlewine is interested in exploring the interconnections between modern Jewish thought and broader social and political concerns, from the imperialist discourse around world religions to issues of gender and sexuality. He is the author of Monotheism and Tolerance: Recovering a Religion of Reason (2010), Judaism and the West: From Hermann Cohen to Joseph Soloveitchik (2016), and numerous articles that have appeared in a variety of journals and edited collections. His book in progress explores the ways theological treatments of disparate issues (the status of Israel, gendered bodies, and concepts of God) often disguise a polemic political vision.

In addition to his work at Illinois Weselyan University, Dr. Erlewine has served as managing editor of the Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy and as Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College.