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 last four years at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. She will be graduating with a BA Honors in May of 2020 with a dual major of religious studies/ sociology and anthropology, and minors in both theater and mathematics. Her honors thesis is 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 hopes to continue her research into New Religious Movements and the lives of their followers, possibly leading toward a PhD. After working for the department in the summer of 2022, in 2022-23 she will focus much of her time on honing her digital humanities skills, working closely with Prof. Jeri Wieringa. Visit her website.