Director, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Professor Abzug's scholarship explores the formation of social and moral consciousness in American culture. He has worked in three major fields: social reform and religious life in antebellum America; America and the Holocaust; and, most recently, the interpenetration of religion and psychology in modern American culture. He has published books and articles in reform history, holocaust history, history of psychology and American religious history, and is in the final stages of preparing a biography of the American psychologist, Rollo May.
History of religion in America; History of psychology in America; Reform and social movements; History of the Holocaust; Jewish studies
"Passionate Liberator: Theodore Dwight Weld and the Dilemma of Reform," "Inside the Vicious Heart: Americans and the Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps," "Cosmos Crumbling: American Reform and the Religious Imagination, American Views the Holocaust, 1933-1945," and co-edited "New Perspectives on Race and Slavery in America: Essays in Honor of Kenneth M. Stampp"