Team

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Alexandra Gillespie

Co-Principal Investigator, Vice-President and Principal

University of Toronto Mississauga

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Suzanne Akbari

Co-Principal Investigator, Professor of Medieval Studies

Institute for Advanced Study

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Sian Meikle

Co-Principal Investigator, Librarian

University of Toronto Library

Jessica Lockhart

Jessica Lockhart

Research Associate

Head of Research, Old Books New Science Lab

University of Toronto

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Melissa Moreton

Project Manager

Institute for Advanced Study

Rachel Di Cresce

Rachel Di Cresce

Project Librarian/Project Manager

University of Toronto Library

Postdoctoral Scholars

Noam Sienna

Noam Sienna

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Toronto

Sienna is a Hidden Stories postdoctoral fellow with the University of Toronto College of Arts and Sciences, researching Jewish book cultures in the medieval and early modern Islamic worlds. He received his PhD in History and Museum Studies from the University of Minnesota, and his first monograph, Jewish Books in North Africa: From the Early Modern to the Modern Worlds, is forthcoming with Indiana University Press. For more on Sienna’s work, visit: https://noamsienna.com

Hagos Abhra Abay

Hagos Abrha Abay

Associate Researcher

University of Toronto

Hagos Abrha Abay, is a Ge’ez philologist and manuscript scholar working with Hidden Stories on cataloguing the new collection of Ethiopian manuscripts at the Fisher library and on a project focused on the Heritage Crises and Distribution of Ge’ez Manuscripts of Tigray. Abay has held positions at Mekelle University (Tigray, Ethiopia) and the University of Hamburg’s Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures. He is the founder and director of St Yared Center for Ethiopian Philology and Manuscript Studies (Mekelle University) and the Mahlete Gumaye and Gumaye Foundations, both focused on cultural initiatives in Tigray. Abay also dedicates his time to the Textiles in Ethiopian Manuscripts (TEM) project, a global, multidisciplinary team working to analyse textile provenance and the commercial and diplomatic networks that brought them to the Ethiopian highlands.