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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. His areas of expertise include religion and culture, Christian ethics, and African Christianity.

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. A Virginia native, Ross was ordained in 2009 in the Diocese of Virginia.

He received his Ph.D. and B.A. from the University of Virginia, and his M.Div. from Duke Divinity School. He is the author of Syncretism and Christian Tradition: Race and Revelation in the Study of Religious Mixture (Oxford University Press, 2020), as well as numerous publications in academic and popular presses. His writing explores the lived experience of religious communities, particularly the incorporation of new and unfamiliar expressions of belief and practice.

As Senior Associate Rector of St. Paul’s, he crafted innovative adult education offerings and played a leading role in launching and sustaining efforts to serve Alexandria’s most vulnerable citizens.

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, 2020.
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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