Robert H. Abzug

Biographer and Historian

Robert H. Abzug


Robert H. Abzug is Audre and Bernard Rapoport Regents Chair of Jewish Studies and Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the founding Director of the University's Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies (2007-). Abzug has written in a number of areas but all of his work centers on the creation and evolution of moral and ethical sensibilities in American society. Two of his books deal with religion and pre-Civil War reform-- antislavery, women's rights, body reforms such as vegetarianism and temperance, and other movements. Two books have dealt with America and the Holocaust. His abridged edition of William James's The Varieties of Religious Experience (Bedford/​St. Martin's) was published in 2012, and he will soon finish a biography of the American psychologist, Rollo May, for Oxford University Press.

Abzug has been a faculty member at the University of Texas since 1978 and held the Eric Voegelin Visiting Professorship at the University of Munich in 1990-91.

Selected Works

Religion, History, American Studies
Edition of James's classic text that preserves its major ideas and most compelling examples in a length and form accessible to a wider student and lay reading audience.
Annotated documents demonstrating the variety of American understandings of Holocaust as it happened.
"The freshest, most elegantly phrased and profoundest reinterpretation of the American reform tradition in the last fifty years...." Bertram Wyatt-Brown
"A riveting study of soldiers who liberated the major concentration camps in Germany." American Historical Review
History Biography
An account of the life of Theodore Dwight Weld (1803-1895), one of the most important of American abolitionists.

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