Department Head, Judaic Studies
Wright’s current research focuses on the nature and impact of religious reform in ancient Judah, and this work will be published as a book under the title The Crisis of Monotheism. He is also working on a semi-popular book entitled The Death of Scripture.
Dr. Wright teaches courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level and regards teaching as one of his most important responsibilities. His reputation as an inspiring teacher and dynamic lecturer draw many to his university courses and public lectures. In recognition of his teaching Prof. Wright received “The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ Most Distinguished Teaching Award.” He also has won the University’s two highest teaching awards. Following a demanding review, the University’s faculty awarded Wright the “Leicester and Kathryn Sherrill Creative Teaching Award.” The students have also honored Wright’s teaching by awarding him the “Five Star Teaching Award.” This award, which is given by the Honors College on behalf of the entire student body, is the highest teaching award given by the students of The University of Arizona.