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About Four Giants

Founded in 2019 as a way to augment the academic work of Sarah Riccardi-Swartz,

Four Giants engages with various media forms to document lived experiences in the United States. With an emphasis on religious experiences and material culture, our projects, which are ethnographic in nature, draw visuals from everyday life into conversation with larger social, political, and ethical issues and questions.

Sarah Riccardi-Swartz is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology at New York University. After completing an honors B.A. and M.A. in Religious Studies (American religions) at Missouri State University, she came to NYU to study and research religion and politics in the United States from an anthropological perspective. Along the way, she obtained a graduate certificate in Culture and Media (ethnographic filmmaking) and an M.Phil in Anthropology from NYU. Her research interests primarily focus on new forms of conservatism, right-wing religious communities, fundamentalism and traditionalism, and the ever-expanding political tensions between Russia and the United States. 

JD Swartz has an M.A. in Theological Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary and a B.S. in Psychology from Southeastern University; despite this, he has worked in television and news production, as well as network television broadcast operations, since 2002. He readily recognizes that his wife's bio is much more impressive than his own.