Aaron Tugendhaft's scholarly interests explore the history and
philosophy of religion, particularly in relation to political philosophy
and art theory. A specialist on the history of religion in the ancient Near East, Tugendhaft holds degrees from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at NYU. In 2008, Tugendhaft curated the exhibition Idol Anxiety for
the David and Alfred Smart Museum in Chicago and subsequently co-edited
an anthology of essays under the same title that appeared in August
2011 from Stanford University Press. He is currently preparing the manuscript of his first book, a study of the theological-political problem as manifest in a mythological poem from thirteenth century BC Syria.