Academic CV

Education

  • Master of Arts in Religion in Culture, The University of Alabama (anticipated May 2018)
    • Thesis: “Their Throats Were Constricted: Nationalism, History, and Memorials in Nana Rao Park”
    • Advisor: Michael J. Altman
  •  MA Certifications
    • Digital Humanities (Alabama Digital Humanities Center)
    • Online Pedagogy (College of Continuing Studies)
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Alabama, 2016
    • Majors: Religious Studies and Mathematics (Statistics)
    • Overall GPA: 3.5/4.0

Teaching Experience

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Florida State University

  • REL 3337: Goddesses, Women, and Power in Hinduism (Spring 2017)
    • Supervisors: Kathleen Erndl, Roland Mullins
    • Responsibilities: Assignment creation; management of online course; grading assignments; monitoring group assignments; meeting one-on-one with students
  • IFS 3050: India Through Bollywood Film (Fall 2016)
    • Supervisor: Kathleen Erndl
    • Responsibilities: Management of online course; grading assignments; monitoring group assignments; meeting one-on-one with students

Publications

Book Reviews

Digital Projects

  • Presidential Addresses.” Study Religion podcast episode. December 20, 2017.
  • AARtifacts. Online exhibition of ephemera from the annual American Academy of Religion conference. Launched October 2017.

Presentations

Regional

  • “‘The Subtle Pleasures of Personal Superiority’: The Constructed Purity of White Womanhood in Cinematic Representations of Colonial India.” Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion Meeting, Religions of Asia: Critical Perspectives of Gender, Colonialism, and Modernity Panel. Atlanta, GA. March 3, 2018.
  •  “Twitter Analysis for Conferences.” Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion Meeting, Teaching and Learning Religion: Digital Tools for the Graduate Classroom Panel. Atlanta, GA. March 2, 2018.
  • “Filmic Representations of Colonial India.” CHiTra Mela – A Symposium on South Asia and Global Hindu Traditions. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. January 22, 2017.
  • “There Is a Well at Cawnpore: The Politics of Commemoration in Colonial India.” Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion Meeting, Undergraduate Research Panel. Atlanta, GA. March 5, 2016.

Local

  • Monthly Journal Group, Department of Religious Studies, The University of Alabama.
    • Discussion on “Their Throats Were Constricted: Nationalism, History, and Memorials in Nana Rao Park,” by Sarah Griswold. (forthcoming)
  • Monthly Journal Group, Department of Religious Studies, The University of Alabama.
    • Led discussion on “Durkheim with Data: The Database of Religious History,” by Edward Slingerland and Brenton Sullivan. September 20, 2017.
  •  “There Is a Well at Cawnpore: The Politics of Commemoration in Colonial India.” Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference. March 30, 2016.
  • “There Is a Well at Cawnpore: The Politics of Commemoration and the Idealization of Womanhood in Colonial India.” Theta Alpha Kappa Honors Research Symposium. March 10, 2016.
  • “Out In the Open: An Analysis of True Detective, Gender, and Power.” Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference. April 7, 2015.

Scholarly Blog Posts

Studying Religion in Culture

Digital Skills

  • Microsoft Office (Word/Excel/PowerPoint)
  • WordPress
  • Omeka
  • Prezi
  • GarageBand
  • Audacity
  • Gephi
  • NVivo

Languages

  • Latin (1 year)
  • Sanskrit (1 year)

Awards

  • Graduate Council Fellowship, 2017 – 2018
    • $28,100 tuition waiver, $15,000 stipend, and health benefits
    • This prestigious fellowship is awarded by the Graduate School at The University of Alabama. It is granted university-wide to graduate students nominated by their departments. Approximately 100 are awarded each year.
  • Outstanding Achievement in the Academic Study of Religion, 2015 – 2016
    • $500 scholarship
    • This award is granted to one or two undergraduate students in the Department of Religious Studies at The University of Alabama each year.
  • Asian Studies Research Award, 2016
    • $150 scholarship
    • This research award is given to a University of Alabama undergraduate student whose research related to Asia is selected by a faculty committee.
  • Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference Award, 2016
    • $100 scholarship; 3rd Place, Arts and Humanities Presentation Division
    • This conference is an annual event at The University of Alabama which provides undergraduates an opportunity present their research.
  • Drummond Company Scholarship, August 2013 – May 2016
    • $10,000/year for 4 years
    • This scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen at The University of Alabama with a high ACT score and high school GPA.
  • Alumni Scholar Award, August 2012 – May 2016
    • $1000/year for 4 years
    • This scholarship is awarded to children of alumni from The University of Alabama with a high ACT score.
  • Dean’s List, Fall 2012, Fall 2014, Fall 2015
    • This honor is given to students with a semester GPA over 3.5/4.0.
  • President’s List, Spring 2016
    • This honor is given to students with a semester GPA over 4.0/4.0.
  • Honors College, The University of Alabama, August 2012 – May 2016

Professional Service

The University of Alabama

  • Judge for the annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference, Arts and Humanities Division. March 29, 2018 (forthcoming).
  • Panel moderator for Department of Religious Studies Annual Research Symposium. March 23, 2018 (forthcoming).
  • Department of Religious Studies Recruitment Aid. August 2017 – present.
  • Graduate Liaison for Recruitment, Religious Studies Student Association. August 2017 – present.

Florida State University

  • Panel moderator, Prescriptive vs. Descriptive Realities and Category Formation in Buddhist Studies Panel, Department of Religion Annual Graduate Student Symposium. February 18, 2017.
  • Coordinated Modern Hinduism seminar on an emergency basis for two months. February 2017 – April 2017.

Organizations

  • American Academy of Religion, January 2016 – present
  • Southeast Commission for the Study of Religion, January 2016 – present
  • Theta Alpha Kappa (National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology), January 2015 – present
  • Religious Studies Student Association, August 2013 – present