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Anthony J. Elia

Director and J.S. Bridwell Foundation Endowed Librarian

Anthony Elia

Contact Information

aelia@smu.edu
214-768-1867

Education

M.S.L.I.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2007
M.A., University of Chicago, 2004
M.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2002
B.A., St. Lawrence University, 1997

Research Interests

Intellectual Histories; Christian Cabala; Near Eastern Studies; Islamic Central Asian History, Literature, and Art; Histories of Education, Technology, and Cybersecurity;

About Me

I came to librarianship through a circuitous path of academic interests and studies. Perhaps the problem was that I was interested in just about everything. This ended up being very helpful to my career, because having broad interests allowed me to work with a variety of collections and in various environments. I enjoy literature, history, and music, and for the last few years have been researching and writing on topics such as Muslim-Christian encounters in Central and East Asia, theology and cybersecurity, and the history of the book. In my job I like to encourage an open and amiable environment for colleagues to be creative and transformative in the projects they do every day. I’m a strong advocate for developing conversation partners through library programming and extending outreach to a broader community of patrons, scholars, students, alumni/ae, and others to strengthen the experience of communal learning and scholarship. I look forward to welcoming you to our community.

Favorite Quote

“A person grows most tired while standing still.” Chinese Proverb