Bradley Erickson


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Ph.D. Candidate in Ancient Mediterranean Religions

2013 – Present

Duke University, Durham, NC

Masters of Divinity

2009 – 2012

Centre College, Danville, KY

B.A. in Religious Studies and History

2005 – 2009

Certificate:  UNC Graduate Studies Digital Humanities Certificate


Significant Fellowships and Grants

Carolina Center for Jewish Studies Goodman Dissertation Fellowship

2018 – 2019

Timothy P. Mooney Archaeology Grant

2018 – 2019

Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative Research and Dissertation Fellowship

2017 – 2018

Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative Graduate Fellowship

2016 – 2017

Published Papers

“Ancient Synagogue Case Study: A Multifaceted Approach to Academic, 3D Modeling.” Digital Biblical Studies 3. Edited by Claire Clivaz and David Hamidovic. Leiden: Brill: 2019. (In production).


“NEH White Paper: Rethinking the Traditional Dissertation.” Co-author. Lead author Dr. Daniel Anderson.


Conference Papers

“Digital Clay: Making Cuneiform Tablet Collections Accessible with 3D Modeling.” SBL. Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish, and Christian Studies Session.


“Digital Cuneiform: The Use of 3D Technologies to Provide
Access to Difficult-to-Reach Material.” ASOR. Digital Archaeology and History II Session.


“Location! Location! Location! Investigating the Influence of Geomorphology on Site Selection at the Late Roman Fort of ’Ayn Gharandal, Southern Jordan” ASOR. GIS and Remote Sensing in Archaeology Session. (Co-author).


“Seeing Is Believing: Experiencing Ancient Light through the Reproduction and Digitization of Byzantine Glass Oil Lamps.” ASOR. Technology and Archaeology Session.


“Envisioning the Past: Digital Documentation and Visualization at ’Ayn
Gharandal.”  ASOR.  Digital Archaeology Demo Showcase Session.


“Stepping into the Past at Bet Alpha: Exploring Research Methodology and Pedagogy with 3D Modeling and Virtual Reality.” ASOR. Technology in Archaeology.


“Stepping into the Past: Exploring the Ancient Synagogue of Beth Alpha in Real-Time 3D.” SBL. Global Education and Research Technology Session.


“The Role of Ambiguous Inscriptional Evidences in Historical

Reconstruction of Jewish Diaspora Communities.” SBL.


Conference Sessions as Chair

        “Preparing for the Job Market: Navigating Contingent Faculty Positions.” SBL.


        “Digital Humanities and Biblical Studies.” SBL.


        “Pedagogical Uses of Social Media.” SBL.


Teaching Experience

        RELI 235:  Place, Space, and Religion: Making and Modeling Religious         Space. Instructor.


        RELI 208:  Birth of Christianity. Instructor. (Online Course).


        RELI 106:  Introduction to Ancient Judaism.  Instructor.


        RELI 208:  Birth of Christianity. Instructor. (Online Course).


        RELI 109:  History and Culture of Ancient Israel.  Teaching Assistant.


        CLAR 110: Archaeology in the New Testament Period. Head Teaching         Assistant.


        RELI 106:  Introduction to Ancient Judaism.  Head Teaching Assistant.


        RELI 104:  Introduction to New Testament.  Teaching Assistant.

2014, 2016

        RELI 106:  Introduction to Ancient Judaism.  Teaching Assistant.


Archaeological Experience

Huqoq, Israel

Huqoq Excavation Project:

Assistant Area Supervisor

Jobs include management of square supervisors, interpretation of excavated material, and the drawing and writing of final report information. Dig directed by Dr. Jodi Magness of UNC – Chapel Hill and Shua Kisilevitz of the Israel Antiquities Authority from 2011 to the present.

2018 – Present

Technology Specialist

Built and currently manage a responsive database that centralizes our data through a network of iPads and computers both in the field and in the excavation laboratories.  Also use 3D technologies to document our excavation.

2017 – Present

Square Supervisor

Jobs included surveying, on-site interpretation of artifacts, and

submission of a field journal for eventual use by area supervisor in publications for the site.

2012 – 2017

Huqoq Excavation Project, Volunteer                                                                                                                            

 Jobs included taking daily elevations, training to read pottery with the site ceramicist, and maintaining a field notebook for our squares.  

June 2011

Ayn Gharandal, Jordan

Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project:

Technology Specialist

Record our excavation of the 3rd - 4th c. CE Roman border fort in Jordan using a DSLR camera and the photogrammetry software Agisoft Metashape (formerly called Photoscan).  In addition to photogrammetry, I record GPS data using a Topcon-GR 5 TRK and from that data generate architectural models and drawings of the fort using AutoCAD and ArcGIS.  I am currently finishing the creation of a database for use in the field and lab.  Dig directed by Dr. Erin Darby and Robert Darby of the University of Tennessee from 2010 to the present.

2017 – Present


 Jobs included taking elevations, cleaning and documenting uncovered artifacts, and drawing and mapping our square.  

June 2010

Chapel Hill, NC

Research Laboratories of Archaeology, Technology Specialist

Designed a virtual museum of NC archaeology to be used in K-12 education, which includes an exhibit of 3D artifacts and excavated space.  Additional jobs included using PhotoScan to create 3D representations of artifacts and their subsequent web deployment.

Sept. 2015 – May 2017

Duke University, Durham, NC

Archaeological Record Assistant

Worked to compile a stratigraphy and artifacts database from the past 28 years of archaeological excavations at Sepphoris in the Galilee of Israel.  Other jobs for the project included the reading of field books and reports for the purpose of extracting data and the editing of photographs intended for publication using Adobe Photoshop.

2011 – 2013

Academic Work

Katmandu, Nepal        

Virtual Nepal Partnership

Traveled to Nepal to create 3D models of a number of cultural heritage sites as well as teach a five-day workshop on 3D modeling, photogrammetry, and other technologies used for cultural preservation.  Models of Swayambu, Bhouda, Pharping, and other locations were made and integrated into a Unity3D, VR program for the purposes of research and teaching.   The final program will be released in April / May 2019.

Sept. 2018 – Present

Chapel Hill, NC

Health Science Library Scholar-in-Residence        

Meet with medical doctors and other health professionals to discuss the implementation of virtual reality and augmented reality technology in research projects.  The library has granted me an office to work on my dissertation and perform research needed for the development of academic virtual reality modules.

Sept. 2018 – Present

Chapel Hill, NC

Ancient Near East 3D:  Digital Examination of Cuneiform Tablets        

The project uses photogrammetry and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) to capture and display a series of cuneiform tablets housed in the UNC Wilson Library special collections.  3D-prints were made of the tablets and distributed to those interested in using the models as instructional aids.

Sept. 2017 – Present

Atlanta, GA

Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), Student Advisory Board, Technology Coordinator

Served as a student board member and technology liaison for the SBL. Duties included general board activities, technology advising, and the planning of panels for SBL’s annual meeting.

Nov. 2016 – Nov. 2018

Chapel Hill, NC

Wandering Objects: Collecting and Interpreting Jewish Things, 3D Animation

Worked with Dr. Jenna Weissman Joselit of George Washington University to animate a surrealistic interpretation of the modern procession of a Torah scroll for a museum conference at the North Carolina Museum of Art.  The rough draft of the animation can be viewed here:

Sept. 2018 – Nov. 2018

Chapel Hill, NC

Makerspace Graduate Assistant, Kenan Science Library        

Assisted with 3D printing, 3D modeling, circuitry (including Arduino and Raspberry Pi), and soldering projects on UNC’s campus.  Additional duties included creating and teaching workshops on 3D modeling, printing, photogrammetry, laser scanning, and additional topics.

Sept. 2016 – May 2018

Chapel Hill, NC

UNC 3D Imaging Group, Co-Director         

Scheduled events for the working group that dealt with the representation of 3D space and 3D printing.  Jobs included serving as a consultant for various projects occurring on UNC’s campus, scheduling meetings and presentations, and presenting my own research.

Aug. 2015 – May 2017

Durham, NC        

Ph.D. Lab of Digital Knowledge Scholar

Participated in a joint research effort hosted by Duke University for the exploration and use of digital humanities in academia.  Co-lead a group that worked to document, map, and 3D model unmarked graves in the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery.

Sept. 2015 - May 2016

Chapel Hill, NC

Religious Studies Graduate Student Committee, Junior and Senior Rep.

Served as one of two graduate students on a combined professor-student committee that planned and executed department events, such as public lectures, program orientations, and academic workshops at UNC – Chapel Hill.

Aug. 2014 - May 2016

Guest Lectures and Public Talks

Chapel Hill, NC

“Digital Humanities and Jewish Studies” for Carolina Center for Jewish Studies student and faculty lecture

Spoke about the emergence of digital humanities as a field and surveyed ways digital tools have been implemented in archaeology and other fields within the humanities.

Nov. 27, 2018

Chapel Hill, NC

“The Ancient Synagogue, Digital Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Research” for the UNC AR / VR Interest Group

Gave examples from personal research how to integrate digital tools into projects and led a discussion for faculty about potential ways in which digital tools can help or hinder projects.

Oct. 4, 2018

Chapel Hill, NC

“Emerging 3D Technologies in Archaeology” for CLAR 411:  Archaeological Field Methods

Lectured on the development and use of technology for the documentation of artifacts and archaeological excavations using GIS, drones, 360-degree video, and 3D technologies.

Feb. 13, 2018        

Chapel Hill, NC

“Ancient Judaism in the First-Person:  Using Digital Tools to Imagine and Embody the Past,” for Carolina Center for Jewish Studies (CCJS)

Public lecture through CCJS on using 3D modeling technologies to perform research, to engage students, and to make archaeological study available to the public.  For this lecture, a series of 3D models of synagogues were presented and attendees were invited to access the models online to explore via a first-person playable character.

Dec. 11, 2017        

Chapel Hill, NC

“Chariots and Temples:  Ancient Jewish Mysticism” for RELI 165: Mysticism

Lectured on ancient Jewish mysticism with a focus on the development of merkabah mysticism and the historical ramifications of the Heliodorus affair (c. 175 BCE) for the development of the priestly mystical tradition.

March 23, 2017

Chapel Hill, NC

“‘Making’ in the Humanities” for Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative 2017 Lecture Series

Presented a methodology for the fabrication of ancient facsimiles for use of testing hypotheses. The example used was a personal project in which I manufactured glass oil lamps and a polycandelon to test the brightness of light output.

March 14, 2017

Chapel Hill, NC

“Ancient Jewish Astronomy” for RELI 697:  Senior Capstone

Lectured on the use of astronomy within ancient Judaism, including the presence of the zodiac in Late Roman synagogues and the use of astrological calendars in the Dead Sea Scroll Qumran community.

Feb. 28, 2017

Chapel Hill, NC

“Modeling Ambiguity and the use of VR for Academic Research” for Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative 2016 Lecture Series        

Lectured during the Fall 2016 lecture series on how I am using virtual reality for research and also for teaching by placing students in playable characters that can explore historical environments.

Nov. 22, 2016

Chapel Hill, NC

“Ancient Jewish Messianism” for RELI 697:  Senior Capstone        

Lectured on the emergence of ancient Jewish messianism by exploring the Hebrew Bible, the Christian New Testament, and Josephus.

Sept. 7, 2016

Chapel Hill, NC

“Digital Archaeology,” Lecture for Tar Heel Archaeological Society        

A lecture focusing on the benefit and use of emerging technologies in archaeology, including but not limited to 3D modeling, 3D printing, augmented reality, virtual reality, and 360 photography / filming.  

April 26, 2016

Chapel Hill, NC

“Herod the Great” two guest lectures for RELI 106:  Intro to Ancient Judaism

Provided two guest lectures on the rule of Herod the Great.

Oct. 19 and 21, 2016



       Spanish:  Proficient in reading, writing; conversational in speaking

       Modern Hebrew:  Functional in reading, writing, and speaking

       French:  Proficient in reading

German:  Proficient in reading

Ancient:  Classical Hebrew, Classical Greek, Koine Greek

Programming Languages:  Python, C#, Node.JS

Web Development:  HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and Node.JS

Software and Hardware Proficiencies:

3D Modeling:

AutoCAD, Fusion360, Tinkercad, SketchUp, MeshLab, Blender, Maya, Unity3D, UnrealEngine, Illustrator, Photoshop

Photogrammetry / Laser Scanning:

Agisoft Photoscan / Metashape, Skanect, Sense Scanner, NextEngine, EinScan-Pro




FileMaker Pro, MongoDB, MySQL

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