Assistant Professor of Humanities (Digital Emphasis)

Department of Literature, Languages, Writing, and Humanities

Contact Information


  • Ancient Egypt: Mummies, Myths, and Magic
  • Jerusalem: The Holy City
  • World History I
  • Comparative Religions
  • Babylon: Cultural and Religious Continuities
  • Digital Humanities
  • Digital Curation
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Questioning Religion


  • Digital Humanities
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Heritage and Sustainability Law
  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • Religious Studies
  • Ancient History
  • Museum Studies


  • BA (History and Anthropology), Fairleigh Dickinson University (Florham)
  • MDiv (Religion and Ancient Languages), Harvard University
  • PhD (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations), University of Pennsylvania
  • PgCert (Intellectual Property Law), University of Edinburgh School of Law

Academic Profile

Dr. William Gerard Zimmerle is an ancient Near East religion scholar/archaeologist of the Middle East and cultural heritage preservationist. He is the Director of the Dhofar Ethnography Preservation Project: Documenting the Cuboid Incense Burner Tradition in the Sultanate of Oman and the Dhofar Rock Art and Southern Arabian Inscriptions Project: A Digital Humanities Initiative in Southern Oman. He holds a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania where he specialized in Mesopotamian Archaeology under the Graduate Program of Cuneiform Studies (Assyriology), minored in Syro-Palestinian archaeology with some Bible and Northwest Semitic epigraphy. At Penn, he conducted extensive research on Arabian Archaeology and tAs a Presidential and Charter Day scholar, his undergraduate degree in History was earned at Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Park, where he was also an exchange student in Ancient Near Eastern studies at Drew University and a graduate of Wroxton College’s study abroad program in British History/Culture-Oxfordshire, England. Prior to his appointment at Fairleigh Dickinson University where he is responsible for teaching courses in the Humanities with a digital emphasis and for building the Digital Humanities Center that will bridge all international campuses of the university, Professor Zimmerle taught Introduction to Archaeology in the department of Geography-Anthropology at Rowan University, the Archaeology of Jerusalem and the Bible and Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania, and Sociology and World History as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar at Dhofar University in Oman. He was also the 2012-2013 Sylvan C. and Pamela Coleman Curatorial Fellow in the Ancient Near Eastern Art Dept. at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan, and the 2011 Samuel Fellow in the History of Art at the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR)-Amman. In 1999-2000, he was the Boston Theological Center’s Inter-Religious dialogue specialist.

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