Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life


Dr. Ian Wilson Director

Ian is a scholar of religion, specializing in the Hebrew Bible and the histories and cultures of ancient Israel and the Near East. At Augustana, he teaches courses on the religions of the world, theories of religion, biblical studies, the ancient Near East, and related topics. His work, in research and in the classroom, has focused mainly on how communities remember and imagine themselves, and how different social memories and imaginaries interrelate with one another. His first monograph, Kingship and Memory in Ancient Judah (Oxford University Press, 2017), explores these processes in the context of the Hebrew Bible, revealing how ancient Judeans balanced and navigated various and even competing understandings of their monarchic past, with their literature. His research has also appeared in peer-reviewed publications such as Harvard Theological Review, Vetus Testamentum, and Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft; and he co-edited the volume History, Memory, Hebrew Scriptures: A Festschrift for Ehud Ben Zvi (Eisenbrauns, 2015).

Ian's Augustana faculty page
Ian's Humanities Commons page

Diane McGall

Diane McGall Program Coordinator/Administrative Assistant

Diane joined the Ronning Centre in June of 2016 to provide part-time administrative support. Since then, her role has developed into a full-time program coordinator/administrative assistant position. She works alongside the director to coordinate public events, projects, and research initiatives. She is responsible for marketing, communications, digital media, office administration and finance tracking at the Centre. Diane has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, as well as a post-graduate diploma in Public Relations and Communications from Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario. Diane loves working with the public, and has been doing so since she was 16. She also has a passion for the performing arts, having spent many years in ballet, brass bands, and choirs.