Ulrich RosenhagenMy research and teaching focuses on modern religious life and thought in transatlantic perspective. I have strong scholarly interests in Jewish-Christian and interreligious dialogue, and the role of religion and theology in political discourse.

My scholarship to date has focused on the interpenetration of religious and political forms of communication during the American Revolution, Jewish-Christian relations during the Weimar republic and post-World War II Germany, and on “Abrahamic” as a new cultural paradigm in the U.S. I have embarked on a second major book project -- an intellectual biography of the liberal theologian and scholar of religion Rudolf Otto (1869-1937). Otto is widely known for his groundbreaking The Idea of the Holy (1917; Engl. 1923), as inventor of the term “numinous,” and is considered to be one of the founding figures of 20th-century religious studies.

While at UW-Madison, I have taught classes on the History of Christianity, Religion in the West, Inter-Religious Dialogue, and courses that assess the challenges Christianity has faced in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (i.e., industrialization, totalitarianism, pop culture, pluralism).


  • PhD - University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • MDiv - Hofgeismar Seminary, Germany
  • MThS - University of Göttingen, Germany
  • BA - Bethel College, Germany
  • BA - University of Bielefeld, Germany


Book cover
Brudermord, Freiheitsdrang, Weltenrichter: Religiöse Kommunikation und öffentliche Theologie in der amerikanischen Revolutionsepoche (“Fratricide, Desire for Freedom, Judge of the World: Religious Communication and Public Theology in the Epoch of the American Revolution”). (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2015, 370 pp.). View Book Page

Selected Publications:

  • Ulrich Rosenhagen, Charles L. Cohen, and Paul F. Knitter, eds., Nostra Aetate and the Future of Interreligious Dialogue (forthcoming with Orbis Books, 2016).
  • Ulrich Rosenhagen and Gregory D. Alles, eds., The Holy in a Pluralistic World: Rudolf Otto’s Legacy in the 21st Century (forthcoming with Equinox, 2016).
  • “Leap-Frogged? The Protestant Reception of Nostra Aetate.” Commonweal Magazine 143:4 (February 26, 2016): 19-21.
  • “The Value of Teaching Religious Literacy.” The Chronicle of Higher Education (December 11, 2015): A52.
  • “One Abraham or Three? The Conversation Between Three Faiths.” The Christian Century 132:25 (December 9, 2015): 30-33.
  • “Lutheran Antisemitism and Catholic Racism: Assessing the Old Kind of Christianity.” Patterns of Prejudice 48:4 (2014): 404-410.
  • “ʽTogether a Step Towards the Messianic Goalʼ – Jewish-Protestant Encounter in the Weimar Republic.” Leonard V. Kaplan and Rudy Koshar, eds., The Weimar Moment – Liberalism, Political Theology, and Law (Lanham, et al.: Lexington Books, 2012): 47-72.
  • “God is Faithful to God’s People: The New Theology of Israel in Contemporary German Protestantism.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 46:4 (2011): 621-638.


  • RS 271/Hist 223: Religion in History and Culture: The West
  • RS 200/Hist 200: History of Christianity: From Jesus to the Present
  • RS 234/ILS 234: Genres of Western Religious Writing
  • RS 400: Christianity and Industrialization in Europe
  • RS 400/Hist 223: Churches under Hitler
  • RS 400: Interreligious Dialogue
  • RS 400: Religion and Pop Culture
  • RS 600: Religion in Critical Perspective

Ulrich Rosenhagen

Faculty Associate



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