Noam Sienna is a Jewish educator, artist, and doctoral candidate in Jewish History and Museum Studies at the University of Minnesota. He also holds degrees in Anthropology and Religious Studies from Brandeis University and the University of Toronto. He has taught and lectured about Jewish cultural heritage at academic and community venues around the world, and he has published articles about Jewish history, culture, and art in both scholarly and popular journals.
A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts from the First Century to 1969 is his first book. His academic work has focused on the history and culture of Jewish communities in the Islamic world, from the Middle Ages to the present. His dissertation, entitled Making and Reading Jewish Books in North Africa, 1700-1900, examines the changing contexts of Jewish book culture in the Maghreb in the 18th and 19th centuries. He has also served as a research assistant, educational consultant, and co-curator for exhibitions at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, the Aga Khan Museum of Islamic Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.