Ann grew up outside of Philadelphia and received her undergraduate degree from Brown University. After a twenty-year career in Marketing and Advertising, she returned to her undergraduate interest in religion and theology. Ann completed an MDiv ('99) and a ThD in Religion and Society ('10) at Harvard Divinity School, where her dissertation examined the impact of grassroots democratic practice through membership in the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) on seven Jewish and Christian congregations. She is delighted to be the sixth Executive Director of the BTI and to work with its nine member institutions to build interreligious knowledge and relationships. Ann lives in Cambridge and enjoys the walk to work (she is happily carless-by-choice).
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Alix grew-up outside of Boston in Manchester by-the-Sea. She has a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and Spanish from Dickinson College; an MA in Islamic Societies and Cultures from The University of London; an MA in Gender and Identity in the Middle East from the University of Exeter; and an MA in American Studies from The College of William & Mary. She is currently finishing her PhD in American Studies at The College of William & Mary. Her dissertation, "Scheherazade in the White City: Sites of Identity Development Among Muslim Women post-9/11," highlights the trajectory of identity development from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition to ISIS. Her studies have taken her to Granada, Spain, Cairo, Egypt and includes an internship at the Embassy of Afghanistan in the Office of Women's Affairs and Social Institutions. Her interests are in Muslim women’s literature, post-colonialism, and gendered violence. Her work appears in Oxford Islamic Studies Online, the Oxford Encyclopedia of Women and Islam, and Arabesque. At the BTI, Alix manages cross-registration, manages social media, proprietary software development, and interschool relationships.
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