Black and White photo of Eric silhouetted in a bright window, sitting at a table reading a Braille book. Eric Harvey is a doctoral candidate at Brandeis University in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. He is ABD, which means he only has one more assignment to complete before he becomes a doctor—it just happens to be a several-hundred-page dissertation. He specializes in Bible and the Ancient Near East, which covers the history, literature, and religions of ancient Israel, Syria, Iraq, and the surrounding areas. Mostly he reads texts from the Hebrew Bible, from Assyria and Babylon, from Phoenicia, and from a whole host of other little kingdoms that almost no one’s ever heard of, and tries to make sense of them and their world. His dissertation is (going to be) about how texts change over time as they are copied, edited, and combined, using biblical Psalms and Mesopotamian hymns as data.

Selfie of Eric, wife Kristin and daughter Jane dressed up in spring colors.

Eric is married to the beautiful and talented Kristin Myers Harvey, who inspired this blog. She is an Interaction Designer whose work can be seen here. He is also the father of Jane and Amelia,.

Eric is very slowly going blind, and he’s a good bit of the way there already. He has been diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a degenerative retinal disease that has led to legal blindness and will inevitably cause full blindness in the future. For more information on Eric’s vision, see the following posts:

My Vision in Medical Terms

My Vision in Experiential Terms

Eric holds his daughter wearing an Akkadian t-shirt and dark sunglasses.Eric is intent on finding creative new ways to engage in scholarship, family, and the world as a blind person. He is writing this blog to share the process and hopefully learn from others who might wander by.