Robert H. Abzug is Audre and Bernard Rapoport Regents Chair of Jewish Studies Emeritus and Professor of History and American Studies Emeritus 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 his biography of the American psychologist, Rollo May, will be officially published on february 1, 2021 by 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.