• Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University in English and American Literature in 1989



  • The Neighbor book cover
    The Neighbor
    Three Inquiries in Political Theology
    University of Chicago Press, 2005
  • After Oedipus book cover
    After Oedipus
    Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis
    Cornell University Press, 1993


  • On Freud, Lacan, Levinas, Henry James, Jewish Studies, and the Bible.


  • Jouvert: A Journal of Postcolonialism on Religion with Julia Reinhard Lupton.

Recent work

  • Currently he is writing a book on the ethics of the neighbor in religion (Torah, Talmud, and Patristic writings), philosophy (Kant, Kierkegaard, Adorno, Rosenzweig, and Levinas), and psychoanalysis (Freud and Lacan) for Princeton University Press.

Field of Interest

History of Critical and Aesthetic Theory, Contemporary Critical Theory (Psychoanalysis, Philosophy, Political Theory) and Jewish Studies (Hermeneutics and Modern Jewish Philosophy)