Aaron J. Hahn Tapper, the Mae and Benjamin Swig Associate
Professor in Jewish Studies, is the founding Director of the USF
Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice.
Aaron completed his Ph.D. in the Religious Studies Department at
the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied the History of Religions, Modern Islamic Movements, Nonviolence and Religion, Political Religion, and wrote his
Dissertation on the relationship between the socio-political
context of Israel and Palestine, Jewish and Islamic religious law,
and power. With an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and a BA from Johns Hopkins University, his primary academic interest is the
intersection between identity formation, social justice, and
Aaron has lived and studied abroad in a number of places,
including Bir Zeit, Cairo, Fes, the Hague, and Jerusalem.
Academically fluent in multiple dialects of Hebrew and Arabic, he
has received numerous awards and fellowships for his work,
including the Harvard University Frederick Sheldon Traveling
Fellowship, the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship,
and the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. In 2003 he founded Abraham's
Vision, a conflict transformation organization working with
Muslims, Jews, Palestinians, and Israelis, for whom he served
as Co-Executive Director through May 2013. He is the Executive
Director of the Center for
Transformative Education, an educational initiative aiming to
create empowering educational programs to transform societies into
their potential, which he co-founded in 2008.
During the 2013-14 academic year, while on sabbatical leave, he was conducting research on reconciliation in Australia as a Fulbright Senior Scholar.