Joanna Sierks Smith
Area of Focus: Religion in the Americas
M.A., UNC-Chapel Hill, 2016
B.A., Connecticut College, 2012
- New Religious Movements
- Religion and Law
- Religion and Literature
- Religion, Animals, and the Environment
As a graduate student in the Religion in the Americas track, my background is in 19th and 20th century American religion with a particular focus on New Religious Movements.
My research circles themes of excess and prohibition. With a 2016 master’s thesis on essayist Annie Dillard, I began to hone in on those themes at the intersection of religion, violence, and nature. I’m now working towards a dissertation on modern industrial slaughterhouses as sites of the hidden sacred.