Rethinking World Religions with Dr. Ramey

rel102snipHave you heard of our REL 102: Religions of the World course? Well, Dr. Ramey teaches it each fall, and in it he puts his own spin on the typical World Religions discourse. Watch the video below as Dr. Rollens asks him a few questions about the class and his approach to the material. Continue reading

A Good Book with Prof. Rollens

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The next video in our A Good Book series has been uploaded and is ready for viewing! The fourth episode of our newest series features Prof. Sarah Rollens and her discussion of James C. Scott’s book Domination and the Arts of Resistance.

A Good Book with Prof. Rollens from UA Religious Studies.

Kicking Off Season 2 of ar·ti·facts

rollens artifactAfter a successful first season, our ar·ti·facts series is back for more!

Each episode focuses on one professor discussing an item of interest in his or her office. Kicking off this year’s run is Prof. Rollens with her collection of pottery from a research dig in Israel.

Enjoy, and stay tuned for more.

ar·ti·facts: Picking up the Pieces with Prof. Sarah Rollens from UA Religious Studies.


Altman-Rollens Criss-CrossBig things are happening at REL this summer, including some moving. In case you haven’t already heard, Prof. Mike Altman and Prof. Sarah Rollens have criss-crossed (although, thankfully, not in true Hitchcock fashion) offices. Prof. Altman’s office is now on the second floor and Prof. Rollens has moved upstairs to the penthouse with the great view.

In the game of musical offices, you grab the one closest to you when the music stops.

ar·ti·facts Is Back!

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Prof. Sarah Rollens sits down with ar·ti·facts to tell us a little about her Gospel of John manuscript that was printed on one of the original printing presses. Take a look…

ar·ti·facts: Capturing the Art of the Original Printing Press with Prof. Sarah Rollens from UA Religious Studies.

Backstory: Prof. Sarah Rollens


Backstory” is a series that asks the REL Faculty to tell us a little bit about themselves, to explore how they became interested in the academic study of religion and their own specialty, elaborating on their current work both within and outside the University.

Where are you from?

This is a great question! Whenever anyone asks me this, I always wonder what they hope my answer will clarify for them about me, because it’s not a simple answer. I was born in Arkansas but moved from there while I was still young. While I was growing up, my family lived in Texas, Tennessee, and Ohio. After high school, I lived for one year in Missouri before moving to North Carolina. I lived for a semester in the United Kingdom while I was studying abroad, and before coming to Alabama, I lived for six years in Canada (both Alberta and Ontario). So, in sum, I am from many places! Continue reading

REL at the National Conference for the American Academy of Religion, 2013


The faculty of the Department of Religious Studies recently attended the National Conference for the American Academy of Religion which was held in Baltimore, MD, this year. The interviews are broken into three parts with the first one featuring our Instructors Profs. Sarah Rollens and Michael Altman.

See what they had to say about their conference experience, and stay tuned for more…

REL Goes to the 2013 AAR from UA Religious Studies.