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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. 

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.

Sierra Lawson

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.

Max Stein

Ph.D. (Anthropology)

Max Stein is nearing the completion of his Ph.D. degree in Biocultural Medical Anthropology, in the Department of Anthropology (working with Prof. Kathy Oths); he specializes in immigrant and refugee health, with interests spanning global mental health, religious behavior, and mixed-methods research. His primary region of study is Latin America, where he has worked in Peru, Honduras, and Costa Rica. Max’s dissertation explores a migration network of farmers from the village of Chugurpampa in the Andes mountains of Peru who have migrated to the city of Trujillo, where he conducted ethnographic research from July 2014 to June 2016. This work examines how migrants’ social status influences their migration success and health outcomes relative to others in their community. He is also a member of Dr. Christopher Lynn’s Human Behavioral Ecology Research Group (HBERG) in ANT, where he trains undergrad researchers in ethnographic and statistical methods. In whatever spare time Max can find, he is usually either running on campus, writing somewhere downtown, hanging with his Peruvian cat Lily, or socializing with other grad students re: the vicissitudes of academic life.