Erica Bennett

Degree Program: MA

Graduation Year: 2023

Advisor: Vaia Touna


Beginning the MA program in Fall 2020, Erica Bennett is from Louisiana but has spent the previous four years at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. She graduated with a BA Honors in May of 2020 (dual major of religious studies/ sociology and anthropology, and minors in both theater and mathematics). Her honors thesis was titled, "Normalizing New Religious Movements: A Deeper Look into the Effects of Social Opinions of New Religious Movements in the Southeastern United States," which was accepted for presentation at the Macksey National Undergraduate Research Symposium. Erica continued her research into New Religious Movements, worked for the department in the summer of 2022, and in 2022-23 she further developed her digital humanities skills as a member of the REL Digital Lab and as a participant in the National Humanities Center's annual podcasting workshop. After graduation Erica was hired full-time as the Event Coordinator for the UA Career Center. Visit her website.