Peace and Justice Studies — International Studies — Jewish Studies & Social Justice — Middle Eastern Studies — Theology and Religious Studies
Aaron  Hahn Tapper

Aaron Hahn Tapper

Associate Professor

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 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 the Johns Hopkins University, his primary academic interest is the intersection between identity formation, social justice, and marginalized groups.

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 has 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 he is on a sabbatical leave.

Administrative Appointments

Director Jewish Studies and Social Justice Program
Swig Chair in Judaic Studies

Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalities, Contentions, and Complexities
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), which he co-edited with acclaimed scholar Reza Aslan, and in which he has an essay, "The War of Words: Jews, Muslims, and the Israeli- Palestinian Conflict on American University Campuses."

An article in Conflict Resolution Quarterly, "A Pedagogy of Social Justice Education: Social Identity Theory, Intersectionality, and Empowerment" (Summer 2013).

Forthcoming publication:
Currently he is finishing a manuscript for the University of California Press, scheduled to be released in 2015, that is tentatively called Jews, Judaisms, and Jewish Identities: Being Jewish in the Twenty-First Century.