Alan Mittleman is Aaron Rabinowitz and Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Jewish Philosophy at The Jewish Theological Seminary. His teaching focuses on the intersection between Jewish thought and Western philosophy in the fields of ethics, political theory, and metaphysics.
His many articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in such journals as Harvard Theological Review, Modern Judaism, Political Theology, Jewish Political Studies Review, Journal of Religion, and First Things .He is a contributor to the Cambridge Companion to American Judaism and to The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion. Dr. Mittleman recently completed two books. The first is Holiness and Violence in Judaism: A Moral-Philosophical Investigation, forthcoming in 2018 from Princeton University Press. The second is an edited collection, Holiness in Jewish Thought, forthcoming in 2018 from Oxford University Press. He is currently working on the development of a Jewish philosophical theology.
Dr. Mittleman 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 the course of more than 50 trips to that country. Dr. Mittleman also received a Harry Starr Fellowship in Modern Jewish History from Harvard University’s Center for Jewish Studies (1997). He was a fellow of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem and is a current recipient of grants from the Theology of Joy and the Good Life project at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, and from the Jack Miller Center. He has served on the advisory boards of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and the John Templeton Foundation. He currently serves on the academic board of the Ethikon Foundation.
Dr. Mittleman has been an active participant in interfaith dialogue throughout his career, and has been interviewed by Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, and USA Today, among others. He was also part of a leadership delegation that met with Pope John Paul II, and he has lectured at the Gregorian University in Rome. During the bicentennial of the US Constitution, Dr. Mittleman spoke on the meaning of religious liberty for American Jews in the chambers of the US Senate. In 2007, he was visiting professor of religion at Princeton University.