Mary E. Hess is professor of educational leadership at Luther Seminary, where she has taught since 2000. During the 2016–2017 year, she held the Patrick and Barbara Keenan Visiting Chair in Religious Education at St. Michael’s College, the University of Toronto. As an educator straddling the fields of media studies and religious studies, Hess has focused her research on exploring ways in which participatory strategies for knowing and learning are constructed and contested amidst digital cultures. She is particularly interested in dialogic forms of organizational development, and the challenges posed to communities by oppressive systems such as racism, classism, sexism, and so on. Hess publishes regularly in academic journals, and is a past president of the Religious Education Association. Her most recent writing includes a chapter in Teaching Race: How to Help Students Unmask and Challenge Racism (ed. by Stephen Brookfield, Jossey-Bass, 2018), and a chapter in Global Perspectives on Catholic Religious Education in Schools, (ed. by Buchanan and Gellel, Springer, 2019). Hess has degrees from Yale, Harvard, and Boston College, and she has directed a number of projects focusing on the challenges of media culture for communities of faith.