Robert Cargill

University of Iowa
Classics and Religious Studies

Dr. Robert Cargill is Assistant Professor of Classics and Religious Studies at The University of Iowa, where he has taught since 2011. He came to Iowa from the University of California, Los Angeles Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. While at UCLA, he also served as the Instructional Technology Coordinator for UCLA’s Center for Digital Humanities. He is part of the Public Humanities in a Digital World cluster of faculty. Professor Cargill teaches the Mythology of Otherworldly Journeys and Jerusalem from the Bronze to the Digital Age courses among others. His research interests include archaeology, biblical studies, the Dead Sea Scrolls and other Pseudepigrapha, Bar Kokhba, Aramaic Targums, Judean numismatics, virtual reality, and the Digital Humanities. Professor Cargill is author of Qumran through (Real) Time (Gorgias Press, 2009) and articles on Qumran, the Digital Humanities, and the use and misuse of archaeology for religious purposes. He hosted the National GeographicdocumentaryWriting the Dead Sea Scrolls, and has appeared as an expert on numerous other television documentaries and specials. He is a member of the Association for Jewish StudiesArchaeological Institute of America, and American Mensa, and is Chair of the Society of Biblical Literature’s section on Blogging and Online Publication, and of the American Schools of Oriental Research Media Relations Committee. Professor Cargill holds a B.S. in Human Physiology from C.S.U. Fresno, an M.S. and M.Div. from Pepperdine University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from UCLA.