Dustin Atlas

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty


Dustin N. Atlas is an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Dayton. He specializes in contemporary Jewish thought, identity and aesthetics, especially works that concern fragility, imperfection, and diaspora.

His work attempts to build bridges between Jewish Studies and the broader field of Religious Studies. He holds an undergraduate degree from York University in the Humanities and Philosophy, a Masters Degree in Theory and Criticism from the University of Western Ontario, and a doctorate in Religious Studies from Rice University.

His current book project explores contemporary Jewish thought and identity by bringing the work of Martin Buber into conversation with post-humanist and new materialist philosophies. In addition to this, he is working on the teaching of religion in Palestine.


  • Ph.D., Religious Studies, Rice University
  • M.A., Religious Studies, Rice University
  • M.A., Theory and Criticism, University of Western Ontario
  • B.A., York University, Humanities and Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Jewish Thought
  • Methodology in Religious Studies
  • Diaspora, Ethnicity, Immigration
  • Aesthetics, Affect, and New Materialism (post-Humanism)
  • Secularism and Identity
  • Kabbalah
  • Judaism and Ecology