Robert Kashow

Research Interests Anthropology of Religion, Anthropology of Violence, Ancient Middle East, Cultural Heritage Studies, Museology


I hold a MA in Religion from Yale University and am currently pursuing a PhD in Religious Studies and a MA in Anthropology at Brown University. Broadly I am interested in the intersection of religion, politics, and violence, with specific foci on the history, culture, and heritage of ancient Israel and its environs during the 1st Millennium BCE. I also conduct research on the reception of Israel's heritage among modern day North American evangelical Christians, attending to issues related to Cultural Heritage and the relationship between ancient religious texts (especially the Bible) and modern politics. My dissertation is entitled "The Violent Imagination: Agency and Representation in Ancient Judaism and the Bible," in which I focus on textual representations of violence in the books of Zechariah, Daniel, and Revelation. My thesis for the Anthropology degree is entitled "Evangelical Heritage in the Making: The Museum of the Bible in Anthropological Perspective."