Dr. Fisher’s trans-disciplinary work takes place at the intersection of cultural anthropology and classical biblical studies. This work includes a critical analysis of the ways in which sacred texts and traditions are taken up within modern and contemporary forms of discourse with their respective technologies of power relations (including the interplay and interference with knowledge relations in the present). Dr. Fisher teaches courses in Jewish Studies, Theological Studies, Archaeology & Classics, and the Bioethics Institute at LMU.
University of California, Berkeley: Ph.D., Near Eastern Religions
Dissertation Advisor: Daniel Boyarin; Dissertation: “Locating Matthew in Israel”
Qualifying Exams: Second Temple Jewish Literature, New Testament, Cultural Memory
Graduate Theological Union: M.A., Biblical Languages
California State University, Chico: B.S., Physics
Areas of Expertise (9)
New Testament Studies
Anthropology and Archeology
Second Temple Jewish literature
Near Eastern Religions
Anthropology of Religion
- Society of Biblical Literature
- American Academy of Religion
- American Anthropological Association
- Catholic Biblical Association of America
- Society for the Anthropology of Religion
- Biblical Hebrew
- Biblical Aramaic
- Classical Greek
- Koine Greek
- Septuagint Greek
- German (modern)
- French (modern)
Research Grants (3)
James L. Fredericks Comparative Theology Fellowship (2019-2020)
Research award ($6000) supporting a joint faculty (myself) and student collaborative inquiry into two religious traditions for the promotion of inter-religious dialogue and religious literacy.
Digital Humanities Collaborative Research (2015)
University of California. Berkeley $6000
Piloted an online collaborative annotation/reading platform at Berkeley, including training fellow faculty members and providing feedback to the program developers ($6000).
“Created Equal” Film Series Programming Grant (2014)
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) $1500
Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle brings four outstanding films on the long civil rights movement to communities across the United States. As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)’s Bridging Cultures initiative, Created Equal will encourage communities across the country to revisit the history of civil rights in America and to reflect on the ideals of freedom and equality that have helped bridge deep racial and cultural divides in our civic life.
Beer, Sex, and Death: Figures of Anthropos in the Ancient Near East
Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
Ancient Near Eastern Religions
Foundations of the New Testament
Anthropology of Modernity
Literature of the Ancient Near East
Anthropology of the Contemporary
Science and Religion
Upper-division undergraduate course
Margaret W. Conkey, Roy A. Fisher
Special issue: "Art in the Making: recent developments in the study of prehistoric images,” co-edited by Oscar Moro Abadía and Manuel Gonzalez-Morales (forthcoming spring 2020).
Roy A. Fisher
Edited by Richard J. Bautch and Jean-François Racine (forthcoming 2020, Semeia Studies, SBL Press).
Andrea Johnson, Roy A. Fisher
Vol 7, No 2 (2015), 46-53.
Katie A. McCormick, Jamie S. Olivarez, Roy A. Fisher, Tal M. Nahir, and Cindy L. Phelps
Vol. 18, No 5 (2006), 478-480.