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Emma Gibson

M.A. (Religious Studies)

Graduation Year: 2019

Advisor: Nathan R. B. Loewen 

Emma Gibson is from Charleston, SC, and graduated from Furman University in 2017 with a B.A. in Philosophy. Her interest in religious studies led her to the M.A. program at Alabama where she was able to combine her philosophical background to the critical study of religion. She defended her thesis, “Reorienting Phenomenological Method for the Critical Study of Religion,” and completed her M.A. in Spring of 2019. While working on her thesis, Emma was drawn to the idea of applying phenomenology and critical theory to fields outside of the humanities. She is now a student at Clemson University where she is pursuing a Master’s in Architecture.

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Sarah Griswold

M.A. (Religious Studies)

Graduation Year: 2018

Advisor: Michael J. Altman 

Sarah completed her M.A. in Spring 2018, after holding the prestigious Graduate Council Fellowship for 2018-19. Her thesis, entitled “Their Throats Were Constricted: Nationalism, History, and Memorials in Nana Rao Park,” studied the methods and effects of competing histories and memorials in Kanpur, India. Prior to her M.A., Sarah completed a B.S. with a double major in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics and Religious Studies from The University of Alabama. She now works as Manager of Guest Experience at the Atlanta History Center in Atlanta, GA.

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Sierra Lawson

M.A. (Religious Studies)

Graduation Year: 2019

Advisor: Russell T. McCutcheon 

Sierra is from Wyoming and completed her B.A. in anthropology, religious studies, and Spanish at The University of Alabama and, in 2019, successfully completed the M.A. in Religious Studies, also at UA. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is based in the Religion and Culture track with a focus on social theory. In her studies, Sierra analyzes the discourses that narrate apparitions of the Virgin Mary with specific interests in the history of the Iberian peninsula and colonial Latin America. She also provides service to professional organizations in her field in the form of website management and digital curation.

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