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Emma Gibson

Emma Gibson

M.A. (Religious Studies)

Advisor: Nathan R. B. Loewen 

Emma Gibson is from Charleston, SC, and received her B.A. in Philosophy from Furman University in 2017. Her favorite book is Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, and her favorite movie is The Life Aquatic. She likes to spend her free time cracking jokes with her friends, reading, or eating great tacos. Her area of study includes philosophy of religion, primarily from the continental perspective. Her life goal is to be a full-time philosopher and (hopefully) find a way to earn a living doing so. 

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Sarah Griswold

M.A. (Religious Studies)

Advisor: Michael J. Altman 

Sarah Griswold lived in North Carolina, Germany and Iowa before settling in Tuscaloosa, where she received bachelor’s degrees in math and religious studies from The University of Alabama in 2016. She studied at Florida State University before transferring back to UA to be part of the master’s program’s inaugural class. She has been a member of the Million Dollar Band, Sigma Alpha Iota, and the Religious Studies Student Association, and her work has been presented at the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion.

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Sierra Lawson

M.A. (Religious Studies)

Advisor: Russell McCutcheon 

Sierra is from Wyoming and completed her B.A. in anthropology, religious studies, and Spanish at The University of Alabama. She has produced and presented award winning research on the role of myth at The University of Alabama and the floral engravings on gravestones in Tuscaloosa county. While working in the restaurant industry as a teenager, Sierra became fluent in Spanish and plans to focus on immigrant communities in the United States in her future academic endeavors. She has worked as a research assistant to multiple projects and groups at The University of Alabama and hopes to continue this work.

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Matt McCullough

M.A. (Religious Studies)

Advisor: Theodore Louis Trost 

Matthew is from Huntsville, AL and received his B.A. in Religious Studies and Political Science from the University of Alabama in 2017. He is interested in combining these two disciplines and studying the effects of religion in contemporary American politics. Particularly focused on competing perceptions about Christianity and the ideal relationship between church and state, he hopes to find new ways to think about how these issues impact not only elections and policy making but also the religion itself and the way individuals identify with it.