Alan Mittleman is professor of Jewish Thought 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.
Dr. Mittleman is the author of five books: Between Kant and Kabbalah (SUNY Press, 1990), The Politics of Torah (SUNY Press, 1996), The Scepter Shall Not Depart from Judah (Lexington Books, 2000), Hope in a Democratic Age (Oxford University Press, 2009) and A Short History of Jewish Ethics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). He is also the editor of Uneasy Allies: Evangelical and Jewish Relations(Lexington Books, 2007), Jewish Polity and American Civil Society (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), Jews and the American Public Square (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), and Religion as a Public Good (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). His many articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in such journals as Harvard Theological Review, Modern Judaism, the Jewish Political Studies Review, the Journal of Religion, and First Things. He is a contributor to The Cambridge Companion to American Judaism. Dr. Mittleman's current project is a work entitled Human Nature and Jewish Thought. The book explores contemporary scientific and philosophical theories of human nature, and brings them into dialogue with Jewish texts on key aspects of the human condition. The book is under contract with Princeton University Press, and is expected to be published in 2014.
Before coming to JTS, Dr. Mittleman served as professor of Religion at Muhlenberg College from 1988 to 2004. Prior to his career in academia, he served on the national staff of the American Jewish Committee. From 2000 to 2004, Dr. Mittleman was director of the major research project Jews and the American Public Square, which was initiated by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Under his direction, the project produced two national surveys of Jewish attitudes on public affairs, four volumes containing a total of 40 scholarly essays, and 15 conferences around the United States. He 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 serves on the Advisory Board of the John Templeton 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 other periodicals. He was also part of a leadership delegation that met with Pope John Paul II, and 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. He served on the Advisory Board of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. In 2007, he was visiting professor of Religion at Princeton University.
Dr. Mittleman holds a BA (magna cum laude) from Brandeis University and an MA and PhD (with distinction) from Temple University. He lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Patti. An enthusiastic fly fisherman, he lives near a trout stream where he tries to fish 52 weeks of the year.