Abraham Rubin

Abraham Rubin

Abraham Rubin
Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies

Conversion Narratives
Life Writing
Modern Jewish Thought
Inter-religious Dialogue


Current Projects: 

Conversion and Apostasy in Modern Jewish Autobiography

Curriculum Vitae: 


  • 2014: Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. The CUNY Graduate Center.

  • 2012-2013: Fulbright Research Fellow. Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin (ZfL).

  • 2011: M.Phil in Comparative Literature. The CUNY Graduate Center.

  • 2007: M.A. in Comparative Literature. Tel-Aviv University.

  • 2005: B.A. in History and Multi-Disciplinary Studies. University of Haifa.

Academic Employment

  • 2016-2018: Minerva Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Society. The Martin Buber Chair for Jewish Philosophy. Goethe University Frankfurt.

  • 2014-2016: Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies. Religious Studies Department, Lawrence University, Wisconsin.



  • “Hugo Hamid Marcus (1880-1966): The Muslim Convert as German Jew.” The Jewish Quarterly Review Vol. 109.4, 2019 (pp. 598-630)

  • “Muslim Identity on the Suburban Frontier: The American Jewish Context of Maryam Jameelah’s Conversion.” Journal of Jewish Identities Vol. 12.2, 2019 (pp. 125-148)

  • “Jewish Self-Affirmation out of the Sources of Christian Supersessionism: Margarete Susman’s The Book of Job and the Fate of the Jewish People.” Jewish Studies Quarterly Vol. 24, 2017 (pp. 168-193)

  • “Reading Kafka, Debating Revelation: Gershom Scholem’s Shadow Dialogue with Hans-Joachim Schoeps.” Literature & Theology Vol. 31.1, 2017 (pp. 78-98)

  • “Muhammad Asad’s Conversion to Islam as a Case Study in Jewish Self-Orientalization.” Jewish Social Studies Vol. 22.1, 2016 (pp. 1-28)

  • “Nihilism, Modernity and the Jewish Spirit: Margarete Susman’s Transvaluation of a Fin de Siècle Trope.” Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Vol. 34.2, 2016 (pp. 1-25)

  • “Max Brod and Hans-Joachim Schoeps: Literary Collaborators, Ideological Rivals.” The Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook Vol. 60, 2015 (pp. 5-24)

  • “The ‘German-Jewish Dialogue’ and its Literary Refractions: The Case of Margarete Susman and Gershom Scholem.” Modern Judaism Vol. 35.1, 2015 (pp. 1-17)