Jenn Lindsay is an anthropologist, videographer, and musician whose work explores social diversity, community building, personal transformation and social change movements. As an anthropologist, Dr. Lindsay studies how people manage religious difference and how interfaith dialogue can impact these encounters. She earned her Ph.D. from Boston University in the social science of religion, conducting comparative ethnographic analysis of interreligious dialogue in Rome and in the Middle East, analyzing the nature and networks of interfaith dialogue across sociopolitical and geographic contexts. Her previous ethnographic fieldwork spans religious communities in North America, Indonesia, and Peru. She also earned a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in Interfaith Relations at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, studied Playwriting at Stanford University and Theatre Management at Yale University School of Drama.
For ten years prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Dr. Lindsay worked in the film and music industries in New York City, producing ten studio albums and serving as a story editor for MTV and the Sundance Channel. She has screened her films throughout the world, the topics ranging from an African Buddhist monk’s life and teachings, computer scientists simulating the spread of religious terrorism, the Indonesian Muslim headscarf, atheist Jews from Boston, and Italian hippies building artistic nativity displays.
Currently, she is the documentary filmmaker for the Center for Mind and Culture based in Boston, Massachusetts.