Dr. Ann McClenahan
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 is a native of Manchester by-the-Sea, MA, and is currently completing a PhD in American Studies at The College of William & Mary. Her dissertation focuses on Muslim women’s identity formation in Euro-American Islam following September 11, 2001. Alix is trained in the interdisciplinary fields of Middle Eastern, Islamic, Gender, and American Studies. 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 visual culture. 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. Alix currently lives in Maynard with her husband, John, and hedgehog/BTI Mascot, Hazelnut.
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