Sigal Samuel

Sigal Samuel is a senior editor at Vox, where she oversees coverage of religion around the world. Previously she worked as an editor and writer at The Forward and The Daily Beast. She has also published work in the RumpusBuzzFeedElectric LiteratureTablet, and the Walrus. She has appeared on NPR, BBC, CBC, and Huffington Post Live. Her journalism has won recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Jewish Press Association. Her novel, The Mystics of Mile End, was nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award and won the fiction prize at the Canadian Jewish Literary Awards. It deals with the intersection of mysticism, madness, and mathematics. Sigal earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and her BA in Philosophy from McGill University. Originally from Montreal, she now lives in Washington, DC.

Project Outputs:

“New Technologies are Promising a Shortcut to Enlightenment” in Vox (November, 2021)

“Is Digital Technology making Us Less Moral?” at the Public Theologies of Technology and Presence Capstone Conference (May, 2021)

Can You Beat Anxiety by Playing a Game on Your Phone?” in Vox (March, 2020)

“Robot Priests Can Bless You, Advise You, and Perform Your Funeral” in Vox  (January, 2020). Featuring Ilia Delio.

“How Your Brain Invents Morality” in Vox (July, 2019)

“China is Installing a Secret Surveillance App on Tourists’ Phones” in Vox  (July, 2019)

“Are We Morally Obligated to Meditate?” in Vox (January, 2019)

“The Witches of Baltimore” in The Atlantic (November, 2018). Featuring Margarita Guillory.

“What does Big Tech owe us? The Ethics of Algorithmic Accountability,” at the Institute of Buddhist Studies (October, 2019)

“Five Different Types of Tech/Religion Coverage,” at the Institute of Buddhist Studies (October, 2018)