William Robert

Associate Professor, Religion

Research and Teaching Interests

William Robert teaches and writes about philosophy of religion, ancient Greek and medieval Christian religions, religion and literature, and methods in religious studies. His work focuses on religious limit-experiences and limit-crossings. He is particularly interested in mysticism, sexuality, and animality as sites of such experiences and crossings. He studies them by drawing together philosophical, historical, textual, and corporeal approaches to studying religion, as well as 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 122 Confessions
REL 125 Religion and Sexuality
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, Program in LGBTQ Studies, Program 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)