David Christian Clausen (B.S., University of South Carolina; MBA, University of South Carolina; M.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte) joined the UNC Charlotte faculty as a lecturer in spring 2016. After serving six years on the administrative staff at USC, including a stint as Assistant Director of MBA Programs, David joined the FBI from which he retired in 2009 after serving 22 years as a special agent. Pursuing his lifelong passion for studying early Christianity, he obtained his Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies. After several trips to Jerusalem to research various archaeological sites, he completed his thesis, later developed into book form as The Upper Room and Tomb of David: The History, Art and Archaeology of the Cenacle on Mount Zion (McFarland, 2016).
David is currently working with archaeologists Emanuel Eisenberg and Shimon Gibson to bring to publication the results of a significant excavation on Mount Zion that will shed new light on the habitation of the hill in the late Roman period. His paper, “Was the Tomb of David a Synagogue? Evidence from Archaeology,” will be presented at the ASOR/SBL annual national convention in San Antonio in November, 2016. David continues to pursue his passion teaching courses in early Christianity, the New Testament, and Christian apocrypha at UNCC. He writes a popular blog on the subject of Christian origins (davidchristianclausen.com), and continues to prepare books and articles for future publication.