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Alumni and Friends

Welcome to the alumni and friends page for graduates of the Department of Religious Studies!

Graduates of the Religious Studies bachelors and masters degree programs continue to be involved in the Department as active alumni. If you are a graduate of our program (or just a loyal fan!), please consider participating in the life of the Department in the following settings:

- Informal gatherings at our Annual Fall Potluck and Spring Student Symposium & Graduation Celebration

- Alumni Board membership. Members meet twice a year, act as liaisons to the broader Atlanta community, and provide financial support for targeted Department projects. Contact Dr. Kathryn McClymond, Department Chair, or Heather Abraham (BA '07, MA '09) at hsagisman(at) for further information.

- Financial support. As state funding for higher education decreases, the Department increasingly relies on alumni and donor gifts to develop programming. To designate a gift for the Department of Religious Studies, contact Carla Lavender, College of Arts and Sciences Development Officer, at clavender(at)

And be sure to look for us on Facebook!  "Religious Studies at Georgia State Alumni!"

"I feel that the department is incredibly supportive and saw how all of the professors genuinely cared and went out of their way to help their students. I have also found that even after I have graduated, I continue to get incredible support and encouragement from the department." 

Kenho Tenzin, MA (07), currently a full-time faculty at Georgia Highlands College.  

Alumni News

We post updates from and news about our undergraduate and masters degree alums below.  If you have any news, please e-mail Claire Kooy (kkooy(at)

Gabrielle DeGray (BA '08) recently completed her first year in the graduate program at McGill University. She writes, "I not only survived grad school, but really enjoyed it as well. . . I hope to continue teaching next year." (7/10)

Congratulations to Anthony Petro (BA '00), who has accepted a 3-year position as Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Program in Religious Studies at New York University.

Scott Grubman writes, " I graduated from law school in 2008 and have worked for two federal judges since. I travel with my judge to Atlanta quite often (11th circuit court of appeals)." - Hope to see you in the Department sometime soon, Scott!

Shannon Montgomery will be presenting at a graduate student event during the 2010 American Academy of Religion conference in the "Religion Beyond the Boundaries" series. Her research involves a narrative analysis of a 1911 letter from the Brigham Young student body to their president protesting the firing of three professors for teaching evolution, offering a window into the creation/evolution controversy at the time. This paper grows out of her dissertation project, which involves an analysis of the creation museum located in Kentucky.

Contact Heather Abraham (BA '07, MA '08)  to become active in our alumni association.  Her e-mail address is hsagisman(at) 

Heather Abraham (BA '07, MA '08, left) and Kenny Smith (MA '10, right)