photo: Robert Eisen

Robert Eisen

Professor of Religion and International Affairs; Chair, Department of Religion
Room 303B
Address: 2106 G St., N.W.
Phone: 202-994-6327
Fax: 202-994-9379

Areas of Expertise

Medieval and modern Jewish philosophy, biblical interpretation, religious ethics, and comparative religion


Robert Eisen is Professor of Religion and Judaic Studies and Chair of the Department of Religion at George Washington University in Washington D.C. He received his B.A. at Yale University in 1983, and his Ph.D. in Jewish thought at Brandeis University in 1990. His areas of interest include medieval and modern Jewish philosophy, biblical interpretation, religious ethics, and comparative religion. Professor 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.

Professor Eisen has been 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.

Professor Eisen is also 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. He has participated in a number of high-level dialogues and consultations in Washington and abroad concerning this issue. He is a member of the C-1 Committee, an organization of Muslim and Christian leaders that grew out of the World Economic. He serves on the Middle East Advisory Board for Search for Common Ground. He is also on the advisory board of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.


Ph.D., Brandeis University


Professor Eisen has also co-edited Philosophers and the Jewish Bible (University of Maryland Press, 2008) with Charles Manekin.

Classes Taught

REL 3201 Judaism

REL 3211 Rabbinic Thought and Literature

REL 3214 Jewish Philosophy in the Medieval Period

REL 3231 Jewish Mysticism

REL 3291 Modern Jewish Thought

REL 3292 Seminar: Issues in Jewish Thought

REL 3295 The Holocaust in Theology and Literature