Sarah Riccardi-Swartz has a Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology from New York University. After completing an honors B.A. and M.A. in Religious Studies (American religions) at Missouri State University, she attended 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.