I am a maverick scholar and literary critic who, despite academic habits and values ingrained during the 1950s, also lives a non-specialist second life by reading across the humanities, sciences, and political history. I relish analytically disputing issues with other introspective, driven readers of Western literature and lovers of art and classical music. If the topic is broad, I demand supportive detail, and if narrow, I want to understand the wider context. To make sense of it all and to air occasional exasperations, I also write short stories. You can google my name for a professional profile.
I am currently Professor of Biblical Studies at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where I have taught since 2000. My courses include Introduction to the Old Testament, Biblical Hebrew, The Pentateuch, The Prophetic Literature, Old Testament Theology, and “God, the Bible and Scientific Discovery.” My research interests are deliberately eclectic and include: A Chorus of Prophetic Voices: Introducing the Prophetic Literature of Ancient Israel (2015), An Apocryphal God (2015), Portraits of a Mature God (2013), Struggling with God: An Introduction to the Pentateuch (2008), Raising Cain, Fleeing Egypt, and Fighting Philistines: The Old Testament in Popular Music (2006). I recently do-edited a special issue of Perspectives in Religious Studies on “Violence in the Bible” (2015). One of my current projects is a book that explores how biblical texts portray cities and urban life and the implications of those portrayals for modern urban readers. Not Scattered or Confused: The Bible in an Urban World is forthcoming from Westminster John Knox Press in 2019. I frequently lead a study abroad program called Belmont in the Biblical World, which visits places like Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Turkey, and Greece.
Robert Cowherd, PhD, is Professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, USA. His research and publication focuses on the history and theory of architecture and urbanism in Southeast Asia and Latin America. He is a member of the Board of the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative. In 2015, he was Visiting Associate Professor of History, Theory and Criticism at MIT teaching A Global History of Architecture, and 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar pursuing research on the role of design in recent social transformations in Medellín, Colombia.
ZooarchaeologistWorking with all sources valuable for the study of historical human-animal-relationships, primarily bones.
I am an art historian specializing in the visual culture of the Dutch Golden Age. My research focuses on urban identity and sociopolitical agency as expressed in paintings and prints produced after the Protestant Reformation. My work interlaces visual analysis and political history with urban theory to trace how self-perceptions of our role and worth in urban communities influence our visual enagagement with the world.
German is a PhD Candidate at the Stuart Weitzman school of Design interested in the history of modern architecture in Latin America and the United States with a focus on cultural relations, borders and politics. His work is interdisciplinary, drawing on fields such as Border and Chicano Studies, Environmental History, and Urbanism, and explores Post-colonial and De-colonial concepts that refine understandings of territories, nations, and migration as they relate to architectural and urban conditions. German has taught History & Theory courses in Mexico and the U.S.
I am a researcher at the Meertens Institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. My research is interdisciplinary, adopting computational methods to study the field of humanities, in particular folkloristics. My research interests lie in the development of computational text analysis methods in the context of ethnology, anthropology, literary theory and cultural evolution (see my résumé for further details). Drop me a line or follow me on Twitter or GitHub.