Professor Gottlieb
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BA Brandeis University 1968
PhD Brandeis University 1975

Roger S. Gottlieb is the author or editor of twenty books and more than 150 articles. He is internationally known for his work on religious environmentalism, spirituality in an age of environmental crisis, environmental ethics, and the role of religion in a democratic society. He has edited six academic book series, serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals, is contributing editor to Tikkun Magazine, and has appeared online on Patheos, Huffington, Grist, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Real Clear Religion, and many others. Two of his books received Nautilus Book Awards: Engaging Voices (for fiction) and Spirituality: What it Is and Why it Matters.

Gottlieb's writings have appeared in top academic journals (e.g., The Journal of Philosophy, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Ethics); popular publications (e.g., E Magazine online, The Boston Globe, Orion Afield); and in anthologies celebrating the best of Jewish writing, environmental ethics, religious life, spirituality, the Holocaust, and disability.

Gottlieb’s work on the environmental crisis includes This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment, the first comprehensive collection on the topic. A Spirituality of Resistance: Finding a Peaceful Heart and Protecting the Earth won praise from Elie Wiesel and Protestant theologian John Cobb. A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and our Planet's Future was endorsed by the heads of both the Sierra Club and the National Council of Churches.

Gottlieb's focus on the environmental crisis has also taken a fictional turn: Engaging Voices: Tales of Morality and Meaning in an Age of Global Warming, is a collection of short stories exploring moral, political, intellectual, and spiritual dilemmas provoked by the environmental crisis.

Spirituality: What it is and Why it Matters (Oxford University Press, 2012) exam-ines the promises and perils of spiritual life as understood both within and outside of traditional faiths, and offers insightful studies of spirituality's relation to modern medicine, nature and the environmental crisis, and political activism.

Political and Spiritual: Essays on Religion, Environment, Disability, and Justice brings together Gottlieb’s most powerful essays on these and related themes, as well as new essays on technology, death, and a fascinating intellectual autobiography.

Morality and the Environmental Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2019) was called by environmental ethicist Larry Rasmussen “The best book on the subject” and political theorist Paul Wapner “a generous, gem of a book.” Here Gottlieb describes the unprecedented moral predicament created by the environmental crisis: how to be a good person when our collective and individual actions contribute to immeasurable devastation and suffering.

As a public speaker Gottlieb has offers universities, religious groups, and community and environmental organizations a unique combination of an intense analytic intelligence, a per-sonal and humorously engaging style, and an inspiring message of personal responsibility, so-cial change, and spiritual vision.

Scholarly Work

Roger S. Gottlieb, “Truth, Environment, Trump,” in Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump, ed. Miguel A. De La Torre, Orbis Books, pp. 55-62.
Religion and the Environment Vols, .I-IV
Oxford Handbook on Religion and Ecology
A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and our Planet?s Future
Professional Highlights & Honors
William B. Smith Dean’s Professor of Philosophy
2018’s Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities

WalletHub spoke to Roger Gottlieb, professor of philosophy, about the many financial and physical challenges faced by people living with disabilities for a story about the “2018 Best and Worst Cities for People with Disabilities.”