Dustin Atlas

Contact Information

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 modern Jewish thought and aesthetics, especially works that concern being out of place, imperfect, or in 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 concerns the problem of diaspora and imperfection German Jewish thought, and how this could affect the study of religion. 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
  • Diaspora
  • Methodology in Religious Studies
  • Aesthetics
  • Secularism and Liberalism
  • Kabbalah
  • Affect Theory
  • Ethnicity and Religion