Noam Sienna is a historian of Jewish culture, educator, and book artist. Originally from Toronto, Noam received his PhD in Jewish History and Museum Studies at the University of Minnesota in 2020. 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.
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, examined 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.
His first book, A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts from the First Century to 1969, collects 120 primary sources for the study of LGBTQ Jewish history, with introductions and extensive bibliography. It was awarded the 2019 Reference Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries, and the 2019 Anthology Award from the Lambda Literary Foundation.