Rabbi Dr. Robert A. Daum is Associate Professor of Rabbinic Literature and Jewish Thought, as well as the first Director of the Iona Pacific Inter-religious Centre at Vancouver School of Theology on the UBC campus. Robert also holds appointments at The University of British Columbia: as Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, and as Faculty Associate of the Centre for Women’s & Gender Studies. He also is a member of the Core Faculty in the Minor in Law and Society at UBC. As well, he is a Dialogue Associate and member of the Steering Committee of the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University, where he has been a Guest Faculty member in the Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue. He completed his B.A. in Political Science magna cum laudeat Tufts University in Massachusetts in 1979. At the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), he earned his M.A. in Hebrew Literature in 1984 after studies in Jerusalem and New York, where he completed his Rabbinical Studies and received Ordination in 1986. He served as a congregational rabbi in two Reform synagogues in northern California between 1986 and 1998, where he was particularly active in educational and multi-faith community initiatives. For three years Rabbi Daum lectured on Judaism in five Roman Catholic high schools in a program co-sponsored by the American Jewish Committee and the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Francisco. He also served for several years as a Jewish day school administrator and curriculum consultant. In 2001 he earned his PhD in Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he concentrated in Talmud and Jewish intellectual history. From 2002 – 2009 he held the Diamond Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics at UBC, until leaving to become the first Director of Iona Pacific. In 2010 he completed a Certificate program in Muslim Cultures cosponsored by the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations and Simon Fraser University’s Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures. In 2011 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by HUC-JIR in Los Angeles in recognition of 25 years of contributions to Jewish scholarship. He has presented his research findings at universities and scholarly conferences in Canada, the United States, Spain, and China. He has been a visiting lecturer at universities as well as at Anglican, Lutheran, United Church, Roman Catholic, and Jewish institutions. His research and publications deal with Jewish culture, biblical and rabbinic literature, critical theory, gender, and comparative religion and theology.