Religious Studies Department Faculty

Learn how to think profoundly and communicate clearly about societal issues and existential human questions through research, reading, writing and discussion.

Shane M. Thompson

Assistant Professor of Bible and the Ancient Near East



Ph.D., Brown University
M.A., Brandeis University
M.T.S., Emory University
M.A., University of Kansas
B.A., Wake Forest University

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Thompson is an expert in the religions, history, languages, and cultures of ancient Anatolia, Egypt, the Levant, and Mesopotamia, using textual, archaeological, and socio-anthropological methods to examine the ancient Near East. He enjoys teaching classes on a range of topics concerning religion and ancient history to instill passion, understanding, and empathy towards ancient cultures and unfamiliar religious traditions. 

He has published and presented on an array of topics ranging from pedagogy to primary text editions. His most recent projects, Displays of Cultural Hegemony and Counter-Hegemony in the Late Bronze and Iron Age Levant: The Public Presence of Foreign Powers and Local Resistance (Routledge, 2023) and Power and Identity at the Margins of the Ancient Near East (edited volume, University Press of Colorado, 2023) explore ancient Near Eastern power relationships in “peripheral” locales. 

He is Co-Chief Editor of Avar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Life and Society in the Ancient Near East and the book series, Life and Society in the Ancient Near East (LSANE). He currently serves as Co-Chair of the ASOR sessions Understanding Power in the Ancient World: Approaches, Manifestations, and Responses and Cultures of Mobility and Borders in the Ancient Near East. Dr. Thompson is also the Co-Chair of the Hebrew Bible and ASOR Membered Sponsored Program Units for the American Academy of Religion Southeast (formerly Society of Biblical Literature Southeast). 

Current Projects

Dr. Thompson is the co-editor of the forthcoming volumes Sports and Games in the Ancient World: Essays on Leisurely and Cultic Competition (Transnational Press London), Music in the Ancient Near East (Transnational Press London), Understanding Power in the Ancient Near East, Volume I: Approaches (Brill), and Cultures of Mobility and Borders in the Ancient Near East. His next monograph focuses on the cult centralization of King Hezekiah at the end of the 7th c. BCE. For additional projects and articles, see his CV. 

Shane Thompson


Shane M. Thompson

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