Reinhard, Kenneth

Professor Emeritus

Kaplan 178C
Tel: 310.825.4173 / Fax: 310.267.4339 / E-mail



Professor of English and Comparative Literature. Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1989. Critical and Aesthetic Theory.



The History of Critical and Aesthetic Theory, Contemporary Critical Theory (Psychoanalysis, Philosophy, Political Theory) and Jewish Studies (Hermeneutics and Modern Jewish Philosophy).



He is the author, with Slavoj Zizek and Eric Santner of The Neighbor: Three Inquiries in Political Theology (U. of Chicago Press, 2005), and with Julia Reinhard Lupton, of After Oedipus: Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis (Cornell UP, 1993), as well as articles on Freud, Lacan, Levinas, Henry James, Jewish Studies, and the Bible. He has edited a special issue of Jouvert: A Journal of Postcolonialism on Religion with Julia Reinhard Lupton. Currently he is writing a book on the ethics of the neighbor in religion (Torah, Talmud, and Patristic writings), philosophy (Kant, Kierkegaard, Adorno, Rosenzweig, and Levinas), and psychoanalysis (Freud and Lacan) for Princeton University Press.


Additional Information

He was, until recently, Director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies (2000-2004), during which time he received an NEH Challenge Grant worth $2.5 million for the development of a new program at the Center in Jewish Civilization. He has received a grant from the Mellon Foundation to run an interdisciplinary Sawyer Seminar on “The Ethics of the Neighbor” in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and secular modernity (2003-2004), and he was the Director of a Residential Research Group on this topic at the University of California Humanities Research Institute for 2004. In 2004 he founded the University of California Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory and he was the Co-ordinator of the inaugural year of the seminar last summer, on “Psychoanalysis, Politics, and the Event.” He received a grant from the NEH last year to complete his book, The Political Theology of the Neighbor, and is on sabbatical through Spring 2006. He is married to Julia Reinhard Lupton (Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UC Irvine) and has four children, Hannah, Isabel, Lucy, and Eliot.  Professor Reinhard also has a website at:

Interest Areas
• Critical Theory