Dr. Jeffrey W. Robbins
Professor of Religion & Director of American Studies

Academic Areas of Expertise

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • World Religions
  • Christianity
  • Islam

Research Topics

  • Continental Philosophy of Religion
  • Contemporary Theology
  • Political Theology

Professional Leadership & Major Awards

Positions and Awards

  • Thomas Rhys Vickroy Award for Excellence in Teaching (2005)
  • Nominated for the American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in Teaching (2013)
  • Chair, Westar Institute, Seminar on “God and the Human Future” (2016-present).
  • Board of Directors, The Westar Institute.
  • Co-Editor, with Clayton Crockett, Creston Davis, and Slavoj Žižek. “Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture.” A Book series with Columbia University Press.
  • Contributing Editor, Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory.
  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title for An Insurrectionist Manifesto: Four New Gospels for a Radical Politics. Columbia University Press (2016), co-authored with Ward Blanton, Clayton Crockett and Noelle Vahanian.

Scholarly Work

Books

Co-Editor with Clayton Crockett. Doing Theology in the Age of Trump: A Response to the Threat of Christian Nationalism. Cascade (2018).

Radical Theology: A Vision for Change. Indiana University Press (2016).

Co-Author with Ward Blanton, Clayton Crockett and Noelle Vahanian, An Insurrectionist Manifesto: Four New Gospels for a Radical Politics. Columbia University Press (2016).

Co-Editor with Clayton Crockett and B. Keith Putt, The Future of Continental Philosophy of Religion.  Indiana University Press (2014).

Co-Author with Clayton Crockett. Religion, Politics and the Earth: The New Materialism. Palgrave Macmillan (2012).

Radical Democracy and Political Theology. Columbia University Press (2011).

Co-Editor with Neal Magee. The Sleeping Giant Has Awoken: The New Politics of Religion in the United States. Continuum (2008).

Editor. After the Death of God, with John D. Caputo and Gianni Vattimo.  Columbia University Press (2007).

In Search of a Non-Dogmatic Theology. The Davies Group, 2004.

Between Faith and Thought: an Essay on the Ontotheological Condition. “Studies in Religion and Culture.” The University of Virginia Press, 2003.

Articles

“The Secular as a Spiritual Worldliness,” in American Book Review, Volume 39, Number 5 (July/August 2018): 9.

“The Meaning of Heresy for Today: On Theo-Political Resistance from Spinoza to Prince,” in Forum, Volume 7, Number 1 (Spring 2018): 155-167.

“Harvey Cox Revisited: The Continued Case for a Theology of Technology,” in Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 100, Number 1 (2017): 22-28.

“Renewing Materialism: Gianni Vattimo and Santiago Zabala and the Hermeneutical Option for the Poor,” in Philosophy Today, Volume 60, Issue 3 (Summer 2016): 687-702.

“The Invisibility of Intellectual Freedom,” in Continental Thought and Theory, Volume 1, Issue 1 (April 2016): 25-28.

"Alain Badiou and the Secular Reactivation of Theology,” in The Heythrop Journal, Vol. XLVIII (2011): 1-8.

“Thinking Transcendence with Levinas: From the Ethico-Religious to the Political and Beyond,” in Analecta Hermeneutica, Vol. 2 (2010): 1-22.

“Left Behind:  The Messianic without Sovereignty,” in Journal of Cultural Research, Vol. 13, Nos. 3-4 (July/October 2009): 323-333.

“Theses on Secular Theology,” in CSSR Bulletin, Vol. 27, No. 2 (April 2008).

"The Gift of Unbelief: An Existentialist Challenge in a Post-Metaphysical World," in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Vol. 12, No. 1 (April 2007): 11-17.

“Becoming Theological: Rethinking Philosophy of/and Religion,” in Aquinas, Vol. 48, No. 3 (2005): 593-606.

“In Search of a Non-Dogmatic Theology,” in Cross Currents, Vol. 53, No. 2 (Summer 2003): 185-199.

“The Problem of Ontotheology: Complicating the Divide Between Philosophy and Theology.” in The Heythrop Journal, Volume 43, Number 2 (2002): 139-151.

“Re-Placing Theology: Theologizing the Academic Study of Religion,” CSSR Bulletin, Volume 28, Number 4  (November 1999): 118-125.

Contact Info

Email Address

robbins@lvc.edu

Location

Humanities 307

Phone Number

717-867-6720