Current Students

Alexandra Goans

Alexandra Goans

Alexandra completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri and is currently  a second year graduate student in the Department of Religious Studies. Her research interests center on the study of Muslim immigrants and Muslim communities in Germany. She is especially interested in how  Muslim minorities create spaces and identities for themselves in a country with a history of nationalistic and xenophobic tendencies. 

Zachary Montgomery

Zachary Montgomery

Zachary received his undergraduate degree from Marshall University and is currently a first-year graduate student in the Department of Religious Studies. His research interests include philosophy of religion and how pagan, occult, and esoteric communities experience religion in America—specifically, how these communities interact with mainstream American culture and other religions to create and maintain their religious identities.   

Alexander Skelton

Alexander Skelton

Alexander Skelton received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri and has continued his pursuits in Religious Studies while applying the lens of Neuroscience to topics such as religious and near-death experiences.  He is interested in how meaning is interpreted in regards to religious or spiritual experience.

America Wolff

America Wolff

America is an alumna of the University of Missouri, and a first-year student in the Religious Studies Master’s program. Her research interests include religion and fan-culture, ritual in popular culture, and religion in American politics. She is interested in the role of fan-fiction, comic conventions, and cosplay as elements of functional religion.