Peyton Mitzel

Peyton Mitzel

MA (Religious Studies)

Graduation Year: 2022

Advisor: Steven Ramey 

Peyton Mitzel graduated from Temple University in 2020 with a B.A. in English and Religion and completed the M.A. in Religion in Culture at the University of Alabama in May 2022. Peyton finds the relationship between literary theory and the study of religion fascinating, while also having an interest in their connection to philosophy.

Judah Siekkinen

Judah Siekkinen

MA (Religious Studies)

Graduation Year: 2022

Advisor: Steven Ramey 

Judah graduated from Youngstown State University with a B.A. in Religious Studies & Geography. At the University of Alabama, he completed the M.A. in Religion in Culture in May 2022. He is interested in nationalism, feminism, mysticism, and pop culture as well as questions of accessibility and opportunity in higher education.

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Emma Welch

Emma Welch

MA (Religious Studies)

Graduation Year: 2022

Advisor: Russell T. McCutcheon 

Emma Welch, originally from Toney, AL, completed the M.A. in Religion in Culture at the University of Alabama in May 2022 after graduating in May of 2020 with a B.A. in Religion from Samford University. Her interests include religion’s relationship to violence as well as how the theologies of marginalized groups are shaped by their situation.  She was a runner-up for Theta Alpha Kappa’s 2020 Clark Award (for best undergraduate essay). She is pursuing further graduate work at Vanderbilt University.

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Jacob Barrett

MA (Religious Studies)

Graduation Year: 2022

Advisor: Russell T. McCutcheon 

Jacob is originally from Colorado Springs, CO and completed his B.A. in Philosophy & Religion from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2020. He successfully completed the Religion in Culture M.A. program at the University of Alabama in 2022 and is pursuing a PhD from the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests are grounded in questions about religion and governance, law, and the state through contemporary examples from American politics. More specifically, he looks at issues of religious freedom and how notions of “sincere belief” play out through the courts while drawing on social theory and making use of the computational analysis. He is also the Media and Communications Coordinator for the North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR).

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Marco Morillo

Marco Pflanzen

MA (Religious Studies)

Graduation Year: 2022

Advisor: K. Merinda Simmons 

Marco Pflanzen is from Ashburn, VA, and completed the M.A. in Religion in Culture in May 2022. They graduated from Shenandoah University in 2020 with a B.M. in Violin Performance and a Minor in Religious Studies. Their current research primarily focuses on considering the relationship between sex and secularism and its impact on economic, social, and political structures in the United States. They also enjoy researching within the disciplines of feminist and queer theory, critical race theory, crip theory, and musicology.

Marco was awarded an A&S Dean’s Merit award for both years of their M.A. at UA.

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Joseph DeFrank

Joseph DeFrank

MA (Religious Studies)

Graduation Year: 2022

Advisor: Michael J. Altman 

Joseph DeFrank from Canton, GA, completed the M.A. in Religion in Culture at the University of Alabama in May 2022. He also graduated in the Spring of 2020 with a B.S. in History and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Young Harris College. An Irish-American scholar for an academic year at Queen’s University of Belfast, some of his main interests include the study of religion in the United States, new religious movements, and what the future of “religion” might be.

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Allison Isidore

MA (Religious Studies)

Graduation Year: 2021

Advisor: Richard Newton 

Allison Isidore, from Montclair, NJ, graduated from McDaniel College in May 2019 with a B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in History. Her interests include the impact of religious minorities on the Civil Rights Movement. While completing her MA here at UA, which she earned in May 2021, she interned at the Center for Instructional Technology while also teaching online courses of her own. Visit her website.

Jeremee Nute

MA (Religious Studies)

Graduation Year: 2021

Advisor: Steven Ramey 

Jeremee Nute is originally from Bevier, Missouri. He graduated from Missouri Western State University in May 2019 with a B.S in Mathematics Education and Philosophy with a concentration in Religious Studies. His research interests include Chinese religiosity, secularism, comparative studies, and philosophy of religion. He earned the MA in Religious Studies at UA in May 2021.

Jack Bernardi

MA (Religious Studies)

Graduation Year: 2021

Advisor: K. Merinda Simmons 

Jack Bernardi returned to his his alma mater to pursue the REL MA after earning a BS in Pure Mathematics in 2017. In 2019-20 Jack held the prestigious Graduate Council Fellowship and served as a half-time in the Fall of 2019 as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for American Studies. For 2020-21 he held the position of Graduate Research Assistant to the American Examples initiative in the Department. He graduated with his MA in May 2021 and begins his funded PhD in the Fall of 2021 at Virginia Tech, in its interdisciplinary Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought (ASPECT) program.

Morgan Sadie Frick

MA (Religious Studies)

Graduation Year: 2021

Advisor: Russell T. McCutcheon 

Morgan Sadie Frick, from Dallas, TX, graduated from the University of Alabama in May 2019 with a B.A. in Religious Studies. In 2019-20 Morgan held the prestigious National Alumni Association Graduate Fellowship and served as a half-time in the Fall of 2019 as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for American Studies. And then, in 2020-21 held a Graduate Research Assistantship as part of the UA team implementing the university's COVID protocols. She graduate from the MA in May 2021 and plans to further her studies toward becoming a Physician's Assistant. Visit her website.