Kerry Sonia

Research Associate in Religion

I am a specialist in the Hebrew Bible, the religions of ancient West Asia, and theory and method in the study of religion. My research examines the construction of memory and social formation through the religious practices of everyday life, particularly those associated with the family. My teaching focuses on religion in the ancient world and includes courses on the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, Death and Immortality, and Ancient Warfare. My current research project, entitled The Enduring Dead: the Cult of Dead Kin in Ancient Israel, examines the care and veneration of ancestors through a variety of interpretative lenses, including gender, rhetoric, and political authority.


  • Ph.D., Brown University
  • M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
  • A.B., Brown University

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