GORDON MARINO, Curator & Professor at St. Olaf College

  • Gordon Marino specializes in the History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Kierkegaard. Professor Marino is the author of Kierkegaard in the Present Age and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Kierkegaard. His articles have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, American Poetry Review, and many other periodicals.
  • Marino is also the Curator of the Hong Kierkegaard Library. For more information, view our About the Curator page. His office is located in Rølvaag Memorial Library 225C, and he can be reached by phone at 507-786-3797 or emailed at

EILEEN SHIMOTA, Assistant Curator

  • Eileen Shimota has worked at St. Olaf College in various positions for over 20 years. With her undergraduate degree in communications and a master’s in experiential education, she finds basically every aspect of the St. Olaf campus a great place to work. But her strong interest in sociology, philosophy, and history has led her to want to work in the Kierkegaard Library.
  • Often described as “a hidden gem on St. Olaf’s campus” she appreciates the opportunity to work in a culture of intellect and meet accomplished scholars from all over the world. Her office is located in Rølvaag Memorial Library 225C, and she can be reached by phone at 507-786-3846 or emailed at

LISE FAILLETTAZ, Library Collections Associate

  • Lise Faillettaz has worked for the Hong Kierkegaard Library since 2003. In addition to providing assistance to students and scholars, she has responsibilities in the areas of collection development, acquisitions, access to periodical articles, and the organization of the historical archives of the Hong Kierkegaard Library. A graduate of Luther College with a B.A. in English and French literature, she earned an M.A. in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. Her library background at St. Olaf includes many years helping develop the Government Documents position in Rolvaag Library.

DON JANKE, Library Assistant (Volunteer)

  • Don Janke is a supporter of the Kierkegaard Library who has spent the past 20+ years working as both a staff and volunteer member.

BAILEY KINSKY, Conservation Consultant

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  • Bailey Kinsky is conservator and owner of Valkyrie Conservation. She earned her M.A. degree with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation at SUNY Buffalo State College, and she works to preserve as much of the historical integrity of a book while still allowing it to function as a readable material.

TROY WELLINGTON SMITH, Special Consultant for the Rare Book Collection (volunteer)Image result for Troy Wellington Smith

  • Troy Wellington Smith is a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Scandinavia at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a Master’s of Library Science degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in English literature from the University ofMississippi, where he defended a thesis entitled “Kierkegaard and Byron: Disability, Irony, and the Undead.” In addition to having participated several times in the Hong Kierkegaard Library Summer Fellows program, he is also an Assistant Editor of the Library’s Søren Kierkegaard Newsletter. At Berkeley, he plans to write a dissertation on Kierkegaard and Book History.

A list of St. Olaf students currently working at the Hong Kierkegaard Library during the 2020/21 academic year.

EMMA AANESETAD ’22 – as a member of the outdoors club and a variety of other organizations, Emma pairs her love for nature with her desire to make a difference in the St. Olaf community. She is currently exploring the Psychology major.

“I think it was my love of books and curiosity about the human condition which drew me to the Hong Kierkegaard Library. I feel very lucky to be able to work within such a meaningful institution.” As a student studying towards a concentration in statistics & data science and neuroscience, she loves finding intersections between her student work and her interest in STEM.

AMY IMDIEKE ’21 – is a senior Chemistry and English major from Northfield, Minnesota. When she’s not running in the natural lands, you can often find her tucked away in a corner of the library with a book by Jack Kerouac. She is the Layout Editor for The Reed: An Undergraduate Journal of Existentialism and Literary Editor for The Quarry: Literary and Fine Arts magazine.

“At the Library, every day is different. From writing newsletters to editing the website to designing posters, I am constantly picking up new skills. It is an incredible feeling to leave a work shift knowing that I made a difference in the St. Olaf community and beyond. I also love meeting new scholars from across the world and hearing their stories.”

ABIGAIL PETERSON ’24 – is from Forest Lake, Minnesota, and she is our newest student worker! She is interested in the logistics behind running a library and wants to continue exploring related avenues of study.

“My favorite part of working at the Hong Kierkegaard Library, other than organizing the collection, is being able to listen in to others’ discussions of existentialism. Although the library is much quieter this year, there have still been some interesting conversations. I look forward to when the library is busy again!”

ABDOU GHANIM ’23 – is a sophomore from Cairo, Egypt with a specific interest in existentialist philosophy. He was part of the Young Scholars Program last summer and wants to continue learning more about Kierkegaard and philosophical thought through his position as a student worker at the Hong Kierkegaard Library. He is a Sociology/Anthropology major.

“I remember my first visit to the Kierkegaard Library as a freshman, eager to sign up for Professor Marino’s Kierkegaard-Existentialism course after a very passionate recommendation by a friend. Next thing I know I’m doing more Kierkegaard over the summer through the library’s Young Scholars program, only to join the library as a student worker soon after. I’m grateful for the series of fortunate events that have brought me here. It has been a real pleasure and a lot of great learning.”