Anna M. Hennessey, visiting scholar and adjunct faculty at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California, works on the philosophical, religious, and artistic dimensions of birth. She is currently writing a book on the way that art and other objects go through a transformative process between religious, secular, and sacred ontologies when used during birth as a rite of passage (Lexington Books, forthcoming). She is also founder of visualizingbirth.org, a website providing women with imagery to use for visualization during pregnancy, labor, and birth. Anna has published and presented widely within the humanities and has a Ph.D. in religious studies with a focus on the history of Chinese religions from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She also has an M.A. in art history from UCSB, and a B.A. in philosophy and romance language from New York University.