Robert Alter is emeritus professor of Hebrew and comparative literature in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is, in addition, founding director of Berkeley’s Center for Jewish Studies. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society, among others. He has held numerous visiting appointments at institutions worldwide.
Awarded an honorary doctorate from Yale University (2010), he is the recipient of many prizes and distinctions including the Robert Kirsch Award from the Los Angeles Times for lifetime contribution to American letters (2009) and the Charles Homer Haskins Prize for career achievement from the American Council of Learned Societies (2013).
Many of his books have been translated into various languages and he is most recently noted for his translations of sections of the Bible.