Education & Professional History
Barnard College, Columbia University, AB; Harvard Divinity School, MA.
Dissertation: "Diasporic Desires: Making Hindus and the Cultivation of Longing", Columbia University, PhD Expected 2014.
At Carleton since 2009.
Highlights & Recent Activity
Co-director of the Religious Diversity in MN Initiative, with Professor Michael McNally—The Initiative brings together scholars who specialize in a range of religious traditions with Minnesota's communities and professional organizations to help Minnesotans: navigate challenges; promote greater religious literacy; foster nuanced and informed public conversation about and across religious difference; and provide publicly accessible web-based and local resources to support that effort. Rather than keep the rich knowledge and wealth of research within the confines of the academy, this project seeks to promote collaborations with community partners to help Minnesota communities access and leverage scholarly resources for public good. In addition, this project involves extensive faculty and student collaborative research in the development of a publicly accessible website.
Shana's own scholarly work focuses on articulations and representations of religious and cultural identity. In specific she examines 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. She combines textual analysis with anthropological work on ritual, education, the body, nationalism, gender, and sexuality. Her current project focuses on the religious, cultural and political alliances between Jews and Hindus, Israel and India. Other projects have examined the adoption and re-visioning and re-interpretation of Jewish rituals and prayers in both traditional and progressive contexts.
Before setting on the long and winding path of academia, Shana co-authored, with Rachel Dobkin, Educating Ourselves: The College Women's Handbook, published by Workman Press.
Courses Taught This Year
As Listed on Department Faculty Pages
Shana Sippy (Barnard College, B.A.; Harvard University, M.T.S.) is a visiting professor. She is a specialist in the religions of the South Asian diaspora. She is the author of numerous articles and presentations and coauthor of The College Woman's Handbook (Educating Ourselves) (1995).
Visiting Instructor in Religion