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Faculty and Vice Presidents

The Rev. Ross Kane, Ph.D.

The Rev. E. Ross Kane, Ph.D. is the Director of Doctoral Programs and Assistant Professor of Theology, Ethics, and Culture He joined the VTS faculty in 2017. Before coming to VTS, he was the Senior Associate Rector at St Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria, VA. His vocation joins a heart for parish ministry with rigorous scholarship that builds up the church. 

Before receiving his M.Div. from Duke Divinity School, Dr. Kane received his B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. He returned to the University of Virginia for his Ph.D. in Religious Studies, concentrating in Theology, Ethics, and Culture. A Virginia native, Ross was ordained in 2009 in the Diocese of Virginia.
Having earned his Ph.D. while serving full-time in the parish, his scholarship and publications explore the lived experience of faith communities, particularly the incorporation of new and unfamiliar expressions of belief and practice into the Christian tradition.

Dr. Kane brings an international perspective to his scholarship and priestly vocation, having served in the Anglican Communion in East Africa before entering parish ministry. His publications appear in academic and popular presses alike, such as Christian Century, Journal of Religion in Africa, and Anglican Theological Review.

As Senior Associate Rector of St. Paul’s, he crafted innovative adult education offerings and played a leading role in launching and sustaining new efforts to serve Alexandria’s most vulnerable citizens. In recognition of these efforts, Dr. Kane was a 2016 honoree in Alexandria’s inaugural 40 Under 40 awards.

Dr. Kane and his wife, Liz Doughty Kane, have two sons, Stephen and Philip.


Syncretism and Christian Tradition: Race and Revelation in the Study of Religious Mixture. Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
s.v. “Syncretism,” in Routledge Encyclopedia of African Studies, forthcoming. Article-length encyclopedia entry.
“The Communion of Ancestors: From Africa, a Case for Reverencing the Dead”, Christian Century, 135.8 (2018), pp. 30-33. [link to article]

“Should Episcopalians Repent? American Liberals in a Global Communion”, Christian Century, 133.4 (2016), pp. 32-36. Reproduced by permission of Christian Century. [read article]
“Tragedies of Communion: Seeking Reconciliation amid Colonial Legacies.” Anglican Theological Review, 97, No. 3 (Summer 2015), pp. 391-412. Reproduced by permission of the Anglican Theological Review. [read article]
“Ritual Formation of Peaceful Publics: Sacrifice and Syncretism in South Sudan.” Journal of Religion in Africa, 44, No. 3/4 (2014), pp. 386-410. Accepted article reproduced by permission of Journal of Religion in
Africa. [read article]

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