The American Examples Fellow is a second-year student in the MA program of the UA Department of Religious Studies who has successfully completed the Foundation in Public Humanities and Religious Studies course and demonstrated an aptitude and ability to do digital public humanities work. The fellow’s responsibilities include maintaining the AE website, assisting with planning and logistics for the three workshop meeting, and providing ongoing help and consultation for participants on digital public humanities projects.
Sonya Harwood-Johnson is originally from Grimes, Iowa, and received her B.S. in Anthropology and Religious Studies, with a minor in Environmental Studies, from Iowa State University in May of 2020. Her research has focused on American Esoteric traditions, such as Wicca and the Feminist Reclaiming movement. Her paper, titled “Esoteric Negotiation: An Insider-Outsider Perspective” was accepted to the UMAAR conference in April 2020. Sonya is passionate about ethnographic research and hopes also to earn a Museum Studies certificate.
Erica Bennett is from Louisiana but has spent the last four year at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. She graduated with a B.A. 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 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 hopes to continue her research into New Religious Movements and the lives of their followers, possibly leading towards a Ph.D.