Materializing the Bible includes material collected by guest contributors. To inquire about collaborating as a Guest Contributor, please contact the Project Director.
Rosamond Rodman is a Lecturer at California State University, Northridge. She has written numerous articles and essays on American religion, including "The Great and Proper Names Used in America" on the history of biblical place names in the United States. Dr. Rodman collected material for and co-authored Materializing the Bible's Tour of Desert Christ Park.
Ying-Cheng Chang is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the Australian National University. She learned Christianity from local practitioners through conducting her fieldwork in an indigenous village in Taiwan. Her engagement focuses on Christian practice in local cultural contexts/formats, as well as Christian pluralism and religious diversity within a global domain. Ms. Chang collected material for and co-authored Materializing the Bible's Tour of The Australian Center for Christianity & Culture Bible Garden.
Lena Rose is a PhD candidate in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society at the University of Oxford. She authored Materializing the Bible's Tour of Nazareth Village.
C. Travis Webb is Editor of The American Age and is currently at work on the manuscript The Imagined World: From State's Rites to Religious Rights. His most recent peer-reviewed article is “‘Otherworldly’ States: Reimagining the Study of (Civil) ‘Religion’,” published in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. Dr. Webb authored Materializing the Bible's tour of the Cabazon Dinosaurs.
Rollins College team who created the Virtual Tour for the Wycliffe Discovery Center (Orlando, Florida). From left to right, they are: Marian Hernandez, Chloe Sybert, Emma Thvedt, Janay Oliveras, Jackie Summers, and Siobhan Nolet. They were mentored in the process by Dr. Jana Mathews.
Beate Walles (left) is a pre-Master student in Religious Studies at Radboud University (the Netherlands). Dr. Mariske Westendorp (right) is an anthropologist and religious studies scholar, currently employed at the Department of Religious Studies at Utrecht University (the Netherlands). Together, they authored Materializing the Bible's tour of Museum Park Orientalis.
Crispin Paine is a former museum curator, a founder-editor of the journal Material Religion, and now a writer on religion in museums and other visitor attractions. His latest book is Gods and Rollercoasters: Religion in Theme Parks Worldwide (2019). Crispin authored Materializing the Bible's tour of Noah's Ark Zoo Farm.
Julian Hirsch is a master's student at Trent University where he studies the archaeology of the late prehistoric Levant. Julian authored Materializing the Bible's tour of the Museum of Biblical Art and Palestine Gardens. To learn more about Julian's work, please visit his website.
Chelsea Taylor is currently a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama (IPTD) program at Northwestern University. Her dissertation project, "Bringing the Bible to Life: Biblical Adaptation in the United States of America during the Twenty-first Century," tracks how three narratives--the story of Noah's Ark, the Passion of the Christ, and the history of the Bible's production and circulation--are adapted using theatrical apparatuses across contemporary forms of religious edutainment. Chelsea authored Materializing the Bible’s tours of The Great Passion Play and Sight & Sound Theatres.