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William Robert

William Robert

Associate Professor

311 Hall of Languages

Research and Teaching Interests

William Robert teaches and writes about intersections and interactions of religion and performance. He is especially interested in limit-experiences and limit-crossings as performances of religion. He pays particular attention to mysticism, sexuality, and animality as sites where these experiences and crossings happen, focusing on case studies in ancient Greek and medieval Christian contexts. And he considers how such performances of religion can affect how we figure and refigure religion. To do so, he combines historical, textual, philosophical, and corporeal approaches to studying religion with queer theory and performance studies.


REL 106 What Is Belief?
REL 108 Religion and Its Critics
REL 120 Introduction to the Study of Religion
REL 126 Ecstasy, Transgression, Religion
REL 300 Performing Religion
REL 310 Medieval Christianities
REL 357 Queerly Religious


PhD Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2005
MA Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School, 1999
MA Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, University of Chicago, 1997
BA Philosophy and Literature, Davidson College, 1996

Academic Positions

Associate Professor, Department of Religion, Syracuse University, 2016–present
            Affiliated Faculty, Department of Women's and Gender Studies
            Affiliated Faculty, Programs in LGBTQ Studies and in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Syracuse University, 2011–16
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Syracuse University, 2010–11
Humanities Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow, Department of Religion, Syracuse University, 2006–10
Instructor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Louisiana State University, 2005–06


Trials of Antigone Revivals: Of Antigone
(SUNY Press, 2015)
Trials of Antigone Trials: Of Antigone and Jesus
(Fordham University Press, 2010)