Santiago Slabodsky

Assistant Professor of Ethics of Globalization

Craig 104B
(909) 447-2529

Santiago Slabodsky is a Latin American scholar trained in Jewish, Liberationist and Decolonial philosophies. His research explores global ethics and the intersection between Jewish and Postcolonial social theories, especially in Latin America, the Caribbean and the Maghreb. He has served as visiting professor at the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica, the Center for Intercultural Dialogue in Spain, the Roosevelt College at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, the Foundation Centre of Islamic Civilization in Macedonia, and the School of Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. Currently he serves as co-chair of the Liberation Theologies group and is part of the founding steering committee of the Class, Religion, and Theology group at the American Academy of Religion. He also sits on several journal and institutional boards and periodically lectures throughout the Americas, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. This academic year he is visiting scholar at the department of Ethnic Studies and the program for Chicano Studies at the University of California-Berkeley and visiting researcher at the Center for Jewish Studies at Duke University.

In Claremont Dr. Slabodsky teaches and supervises students in a variety of programs including the master’s programs in religion and social change, ethics, theology, inter-religious and interdisciplinary studies as well as in the doctoral programs in religion, ethics and society, religion and politics, the unfolding concentration in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies and CGU’s critical comparative scriptures and philosophy of religion and theology. He welcomes inquiries from prospective students by e-mail and encourages them to visit the campus, sit-in on his seminar discussions, and engage in conversations with current students.

Besides his work in academic settings, Dr. Slabodsky has a lengthy experience as an activist. From a young age he was involved in social political movements in Buenos Aires. These interests deepened during his time at the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary Marshall T. Meyer, an institution actively engaged with social organizing and resistance against neocolonial projects. Taking up the mantle of this institution’s active tradition of social justice, he led Beit-Israel, a working-class congregation, for three years. During his tenure at the institution he co-lead an inter-religious network in the city to confront one of the most important economic crises facing the region. The project not only assisted the growing number of people in need but also helped to forge a common inter-religious activist-intellectual community that investigated, denounced, and protested the systemic roots of economical, sexual, and racial injustice.


Ph.D. Jewish Studies – University of Toronto
M.A. Religion and Modernity – Duke University
B.A. Jewish Studies – Latin American Rabbinical Seminary
B.A. Political Theory – University of Buenos Aires

Recent Publications / Achievements

Decolonial Judaism: Triumphal Failures of Barbaric Thinking (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014- hardcover-, 2015 –paperback-).

Judaismos Globales: Ética, Religión , Política. Co-edited with Emmanuel Taub (Buenos Airs: Fondo de las Ciencias Sociales - forthcoming).

“Deuteronomy as a Blueprint for Social Justice” Global Perspectives on the Bible. Marc Roncace and Joe Weaver eds. (Delaware: Prentice Hall, 2013), forthcoming.

“Interacciones y problemas en el trabajo Judaismo Liberacionista: Honrando el trabajo de Marc H. Ellis” in Hacia Una Teologia Judia de Liberacion (DEI: Costa Rica, 2013) forthcoming.

“Space and Periphery: Toward a Latin American Jewish Philosophy” EIAL Journal of the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Tel Aviv 23.1 (2012): 61-75.

“It is the History Stupid!: A Dialectical Reading of the Utopian Limitations of the US ‘Occupy’ Movements” Journal of Peace Studies 10.1 (2012): 46-56.

“Talmudic Terrorism in Bethlehem” Biblical Texts, UR-Contexts and Contemporary Realities in Israel and Palestine. Mitri Raheb ed. (Bethlehem: Dyar Publisher, 2011), 181-198.

“Emmanuel Levinas’ Geopolitics: Overlooked Converstations between Rabbinical and Third World Decolonialisms” Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 13.2 (2010): 147-165.

“De-Colonial Jewish Thought and the Americas” Postcolonial Philosophy of Religion. Purshumottama Bilimora and Andrew Irvine eds. (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, 2010), 215-272.

“But There are No Longer Any Anti-Semites: Vicious Circles, Jewish Destinies and an Alternative Framework to Understand De-colonial Discourses” Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge 7.2 (2009): 35-52.

"Liberation Theology" Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion, ed. Junius Rodriguez (Westport, CN: Greenwood, 2007), 293-296.

"A Latin@ Jewish Disruption of a only US-Centric Neo-Constellation of Suffering: Toward a Polycentric Project of Spiritualities in a Transmodern Context of Voices" Latin@s in the World-System: Decolonization Struggles in the 21st Century U.S. Empire, eds. Ramon Grosfoguel, Nelson Maldonado-Torres, and Jose Saldivar (Boulder, Co: Paradigm Publishers, 2006), 141-156.

"Relocating Sinai in Los Andes: Latin-American Specificity of a Post-Holocaust Debate" Majshavot XL. I-IV (2003): 72-94.