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Ash Melika, Ph.D. (Projected)

Associate Professor of Archaeology/Anthropology

Office Phone: 951-552-8799
E-mail: amelika@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James 140
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Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. (Projected) Culture Anthropology/Material Culture University of Leicester, England 2014
M.Div. Hebrew Bible and Semitic Languages Princeton Theological Seminary 2003
M.A. Culture Anthropology/Archaeology Columbia University 2000
M.A. Egyptology New York University 1997
B.A. Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology The City University of New York 1994

Courses Taught

- Introduction to Archaeology: Ancient Near East
- Introduction to Archaeology: Egypt
- Introduction to Archaeology: Biblical Lands
- Cultural Anthropology
- Introduction to Anthropology
- Race, Class, & Gender
- Global Conflict
- World History: Antiquity to 1500 AD
- History of the Middle East
- Introduction to Arabic II
- Introduction to Religion
- Religions of the World
- Introduction to Sociology
- Sociology of Marriage and the Family.

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Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

- Archaeology and Languages of ancient Egypt and the ancient Near East
- Wisdom Literature in the Hebrew Scriptures and the Near East (ancient and modern)
- Anthropology of Religion
- Eastern Christianity (Monastic Theology)
- Anthropology of Modern Middle Eastern Minorities
- Semiotics
- Material Culture.

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Research, Presentations, & Publications

Presentations:
. "Signs of Protest: The Semiotics of the Egyptian Revolution of 25 January," American Ethnological Society, NY, (April 2012).
. "Near Eastern Conceptions of Wisdom," Society of Biblical Literature: Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, NJ, (March 2012).
. “Isaiah 19:1-15: A Reversal of Egyptian Royal Ideology” Society of Biblical Literature, MA, (November 2008).
. “Ancient Pharaonic Statues and the Quest for Conception amongst the Rural Population in Egypt,” Northeastern Anthropological Association, MA (March 2007).

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Church Membership & Activities

Saddleback Church - Lake Forest, CA

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Community Service & Involvement

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE Certificate Awarded)
. Chaplaincy Work Services at Eger Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, Staten Island, NY.
. Chaplaincy Work Services in the Emergency Room at Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY.

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Personal Philosophy

An age without passion has no values, and everything is transformed into representational ideas.
-Kierkegaard

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