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

Kim Wiebe Program Coordinator/Administrative Assistant

Kim joined the Ronning Centre in April of 2020. 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. Kim has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Film Studies from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, as well as a Certificate in Documentary Studies from Duke University, and a Certificate in Building Capacity for Reconciliation from the University of Alberta's Augustana Campus. Kim loves event planning and bringing people together. She has spent her career working in the University setting and has worked with Augustana since January of 2017.