People

Co-Directors, Researchers, and Editors

Shana Sippy 

(Ph.D. Columbia University) is Research Associate at Carleton College, where she taught from 2009-2016. She is also an Assistant Professor of Religion at Centre College in Danville, KY. She is completing a manuscript Diasporic Desires: Making Hindus and the Cultivation of Longing in the US and Beyond, which explores articulations and representations of religious and cultural identities among Hindus in the U.S. and transnationally. More generally, her work examines the politics of religious identity, the making of Hindu and Jewish selves and communities in modernity, as well as the intersection of religious traditions with colonialism, social movements, and globalization. Other projects have examined the adoption and re-visioning and re-interpretation of Jewish rituals, the religious and political alliances between Hindus and Jews/India and Israel, and, since coming to Minnesota, she has increasingly conducted research on Somali Muslim communities as well. Before setting on the long and winding path of academia, Shana co-authored, with Rachel Dobkin, Educating Ourselves: The College Women's Handbook (Workman Press, 1996).

Michael D. McNally 

(Ph.D. Harvard University) is John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies at Carleton College, where he has taught since 2001. Trained as an historian of religion in America, his scholarship concerns the religions and religious histories of Native American communities, especially Minnesota’s Ojibwe, or Anishinaabe, people.  He is author of Ojibwe Singers: Hymns, Grief and a Native Culture in Motion (Oxford U Press 2000, MN Hist. Soc. Press, 2009) and Honoring Elders: Aging, Authority, and Ojibwe Religion (Columbia U. Press, 2009) and, most recently, Defend the Sacred: Native American Religious Freedom beyond the First Amendment (Princeton U. Press, 2020).  The most recent book was supported with a 2017-18 Guggenheim Fellowship.

All the work here represents a substantive collaboration between community members, faculty, students, and staff. Based on community members' requests, they have been credited by name or remained anonymous in the profiles of each project. We are grateful to every person who took the time to speak with us and share their insights, perspectives, stories, and the histories of institutions and places.

Student Researchers

Students at Carleton College, with a number of Macalester College students, are the key contributors to the project's web content.  Student authors are identified and credited on the initial page of each site. 

Contributing Editors

A number of students over a number of years have generously and capably helped bring the original essays to editorial and technical fruition, the heavy lifting of digital public humanities work.  Student contributing editors have included:

  • Elizabeth Budd '18 (2020)
  • Chloe Truebenbach (2020)
  • Aidan Speckhard (2020)
  • Will Yetvin (2016-2017)
  • Natalie Jacobson (2016)
  • Leah Meltzer (2016)
  • Laura Levitt (2015)
  • Hannah Rothblatt (2014)
  • Zazuki Ragde (2014)
  • Izzy Zeitz-Moskin (2013)
  • Hannah Telagen (2013)
  • Sarah Goldman (2013)
  • Rachel Foran (2012)
  • Colin MacArthur (2010)
  • Francesca Chubb-Confer (2010)

Technical Support & Digital Guidance 

ReligionsMN has incubated and grown under the patient and wise care of:

  • Austin Mason
  • Celeste Sharp
  • Sarah Calhoun
  • Carly Born
  • Heather Tompkins
  • Paula Lackie
  • Ken Albers
  • Janet Russell
  • Claudia Peterson

Particular thanks to Ken Albers and Austin Mason for Omeka customization.

Financial support 

Financial and in kind support has been generously provided by the following Carleton College people, offices and initiatives:

  • Dean of the College Bev Nagel
  • Mellon Public Works Arts & Humanities Connecting Communities Initiative
  • Carleton Center for Community and Civic Engagement,
  • Humanities Center at Carleton
  • The Mellon Digital Humanities Program
  • Chief Technology Officer Janet Scannell and Information and Technology Services
  • Carleton's Academic Technology (esp. Janet Russell, Celeste Sharp)
  • The Mellon Global Engagement Initiative
  • American Studies Program
  • Religion Department