Materializing the Bible is a collaborative project based at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio, USA). Since launching in July 2015, the project has benefited from the contributions of undergraduate research assistants.
Amanda White (2015-16) graduated from Miami University as a Linguistics and Strategic Communication double major. Amanda played a pivotal role in the founding and early curation of Materializing the Bible.
Claire Vaughn (2016-20). Claire graduated from Miami University with her BA in Anthropology and Spanish in 2020. She enjoys writing, blogging, and reading about cultural differences and the places people encounter. Materializing the Bible interests her because it explores a global phenomenon, and a desire people have to experience what they read in sacred scriptures.
Kaila Sansom (2017-18). Kaila graduated from Miami University with her BA in Linguistics and minors in Spanish and Middle East/Islamic Studies. She has worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Cincinnati, Ohio. She enjoys traveling, learning new languages, reading, and playing with her dog, Jake. Her interest in Materializing the Bible stems from her interest in the holistic study of religion, including how people navigate and express their faith.
Louisa Wingert (2020) entered Miami University as a first year student in fall 2019, and plans to major in marketing and entrepreneurship. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and writing. She is excited to explore the global reach of Materializing the Bible, and to help develop a platform oriented toward fostering an anthropological perspective in public scholarship.
Laila Haidar (2021) is a second year student at Miami University and is working to earn her BA in Anthropology and Art History. She also studies French and Museum Studies. Laila enjoys traveling, learning new languages, studying folklore and mythology, visiting historical sites and museums, and riding horses. She became involved in Materializing the Bible through her anthropological interest in the study of material culture, and her desire to learn ways to make knowledge more accessible in a digital world. In April 2021, Laila's installation on the Gauci Brothers' Holy Land model premiered.