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William Robert

Assistant Professor of Religion

Research and Teaching Interests

William Robert works at intersections of philosophy of religion and history of Christianity, with particular interests in mysticism and sexuality.  He also teaches and writes about religion and literature, ethics, and methods and theories in religious studies.

He is on research leave in 2014–15.


REL 106 What Is Belief?
REL 120 Introduction to the Study of Religion
REL 126 Ecstasy, Transgression, Religion
REL 310 Medieval Christianities
REL 357 Queerly Religious
REL 391 Advanced Religion Seminar
REL 600 Sensuality, Sexuality, Religion
REL 654 Religious Corporealities
REL 660 Continental Philosophy of Religion


  • PhD, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara (2005)
  • MA, Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School (1999)
  • MA, Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, University of Chicago (1997)
  • BA, Philosophy and Literature, Davidson College (1996)

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Syracuse University, 2011–present
  • Affiliated Faculty, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Program in LGBTQ Studies, Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Syracuse University, 2011–present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Syracuse University, 2010–11
  • Humanities Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow, Department of Religion, Syracuse University, 2006–10
  • Instructor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Louisiana State University, 2005–06


Trials of Antigone Trials: Of Antigone and Jesus
(Fordham University Press, 2010)

Recent Publications

  • "Nude, Glorious, Living," Political Theology 14.1 (2013): 115–30
  • "To Live, By Grace," Living Together: Jacques Derrida's Communities of Violence and Peace, ed. Elisabeth Weber (Fordham University Press, 2013): 153–67