Curriculum Vitae

Noam Sienna

Curriculum Vitae 2019-2020


2015-2020 PhD, Jewish History / Museum Studies (minor), University of Minnesota

2013-2015 Master of Arts, Religious Studies, University of Toronto

2011-2012 Master of Arts in Teaching, Judaic Studies, Brandeis University

2007-2011 Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology / Classics / Religion, Brandeis University
Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with highest honours in Anthropology


  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Association for Jewish Studies, 2019-2020
  • Research Scholarship, Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World/Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2018-2019
  • Research Award, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, 2018
  • Riv-Ellen Prell Award for the Study of Jewish Culture, UMN Center for Jewish Studies, 2018
  • Doctoral Scholarship, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, 2018
  • Amos S. Deinard Fellowship in Jewish History, UMN Department of History, 2015-2016


  • “The Modern World Since 1550”
  • “History of the Middle East and North Africa”
  • “Premodern Jewish History: Jews of East and West Through the Middle Ages”
  • “Muslims and Jews: Conflict and Co-existence since 1700”
  • “Civilization and the Environment: World History to 1500”
  • “The Age of Global Contact, 1500 to the Present”


  • “Invisible Neighbors: Encounters with Demons among Jews and Muslims in Morocco.” In Jews and Muslims in Morocco: Their Intersecting Worlds, eds. Joseph Chetrit, Drora Arussy, and Jane Gerber (Lexington Press, 2021), 163-188.
  • “Shakshuka for All Seasons: Tunisian Jewish Foodways at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.” In Making Levantine Cuisine: Modern Foodways of the Eastern Mediterranean, eds. Anny Gaul, Graham Auman Pitts, and Vicki Valosik (University of Texas Press, 2021), 170-183.
  • “Rabbis with Inky Fingers: the Making of an 18th-Century Hebrew Book between Amsterdam and North Africa.” The Jewish Bookshop of the World: Aspects of Print and Manuscript Culture in Early Modern Amsterdam / Studia Rosenthaliana, vol. 46 (forthcoming, Fall 2020).
  • “‘Remarkable Objects of the Three Religions’: Judaica in Early Modern European Collections.” Journal of the History of Collections, Volume 31, Issue 1 (2019), 17-29.
  • “‘It is a Minhag’: Algerian Judaism Through the Eyes of a Hebrew-Christian Missionary.” University of Toronto Journal of Jewish Thought, vol. 1, no. 5, 2015.
  • “Henna.” Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, 2nd ed. (ed. Noam Stillman). Leiden: Brill, 2013.


  • “Spinning a Rainbow Thread: Reflections on Writing Queer Jewish History,” G’vanim: the Journal of the Academy for the Jewish Religion, forthcoming.
  • A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts from the First Century to 1969. Print-O-Craft (PA), 2019.
  • “A Rainbow Thread.” Article published in Protocols, Issue 4: Pirkei Avot, November 2018, available online here.
  • “A Forgotten Gay Jewish Pioneer Rises Again.” Article published in Tablet Magazine, Jan. 2018, available online here.