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Roy Fisher - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Roy Fisher Roy Fisher

Instructor of Theological Studies | Loyola Marymount University


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts


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.


Education (3)

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)

Christian Origins

Cultural Memory

New Testament Studies

Anthropology and Archeology

Second Temple Jewish literature

Near Eastern Religions

Cultural Anthropology

Ancient Christianity

Anthropology of Religion

Affiliations (5)

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Anthropological Association
  • Catholic Biblical Association of America
  • Society for the Anthropology of Religion

Languages (8)

  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Biblical Aramaic
  • Syriac
  • Classical Greek
  • Koine Greek
  • Septuagint Greek
  • German (modern)
  • French (modern)

Research Grants (3)

James L. Fredericks Comparative Theology Fellowship (2019-2020)

LMU $6000

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.

Courses (8)

Beer, Sex, and Death: Figures of Anthropos in the Ancient Near East

Undergraduate course

Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

Undergraduate Course

Ancient Near Eastern Religions

Undergradaute course

Foundations of the New Testament

Graduate seminar

Anthropology of Modernity

Undergraduate course

Literature of the Ancient Near East

Undergraduate course

Anthropology of the Contemporary

Undergraduate course

Science and Religion

Upper-division undergraduate course

Articles (4)

Employment, Intentionality and the Return of the Bricoleur?”

Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory

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).

Dreams of Empire: Pilate’s Wife in Matthew

Bible As Never Seen Before: Analyzing Dreams and Visions in Ancient Religious Literature (edited volume)

Roy A. Fisher

Edited by Richard J. Bautch and Jean-François Racine (forthcoming 2020, Semeia Studies, SBL Press).

Community Programming and Faith Communities: The Challenges and Impacts of Civil Rights Education Programming Through the National Endowment for the Humanities Created Equal Grant.

Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education.

Andrea Johnson, Roy A. Fisher

Vol 7, No 2 (2015), 46-53.

Effect of Sample Preparation on the Amounts of α-Pinene and Verbenone Extracted from Rosemary.

Journal Of Essential Oil Research

Katie A. McCormick, Jamie S. Olivarez, Roy A. Fisher, Tal M. Nahir, and Cindy L. Phelps

Vol. 18, No 5 (2006), 478-480.