Institute Director

The Morrison Family Director of The Institute is appointed by the St. Olaf College President, is responsible for overall Institute programming, and acts in consultation with the Director’s Council.

Edmund Santurri
Morrison Family Director of The Institute, Professor of Religion and Philosophy


The Assistant Director works in partnership with the Institute Director to implement the mission of The Institute.

Erik Grell
Assistant Director of The Institute for Freedom and Community


The members of the Director’s Council are also appointed by the St. Olaf College President. The Council provides advice and guidance to the Institute’s Director, helps the Director integrate the Institute’s mission and goals throughout the college, and reports to the college President the extent to which The Institute is accomplishing its mission.

Faculty Members
Jolene BarjastehProfessor of Romance Languages                                       
Brian BorovskyAssociate Professor of Physics
Sian Christie, Entrepreneur in Residence in Economics                                             
John Giannini, Associate Professor of Biology                                               
Jeanine Grenberg, Professor of Philosophy
Colin Harris, Tomson Family Assistant Professor of Law and Economics                                                   
Olaf Hall-Holt, Associate Professor of Computer Science                           
Ashley Hodgson, Associate Professor of Economics                                      
Jason Marsh, Associate Professor of Philosophy                                             
James MayProfessor Emeritus, Classics                                                         
Emily Mohl,  Assistant Professor of Biology and Education                      
Steve ReeceProfessor of Classics                                                                     
Anthony Rudd,  Associate Professor of Philosophy
Douglas Schuurman, Professor of Religion
Susan Smalling, Associate Professor of Social Work and Family Studies
Kathryn Ziegler-Graham, Associate Professor of Statistics                           

Student Associates
Emily Albrecht ‘21                                   Sam Bailey ‘21                   
Ian Carlos Irwin ‘20                                Jacob Boettcher ‘22                                                         
Brendan Connolly ‘21                             Nicklaus Johnson ‘20
Brita Gallagher ‘21                                   Eleni Mahlis-Miller ‘20
Meredith Maloley ‘21                              Brigid Miller ‘21
Melissa Nkusi ‘21                                     Saliem Hashel ‘21
Jonah Schmitz ‘20                                    Christoph Hodel ‘20
Maxwell Rubin ’21                                   Markian Romanyshyn ’23
Julia Himmelberger ’22                          Finn Johnson ’22