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Taylor Thomas

Student Assistant


Class of 2016
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Religious studies
Taylor is a senior studying religious studies and anthropology, focusing on henotheism in the ancient Near East and the archaeology of early Israelite religion. In addition to participating in the Chancellor's Honors Program, Taylor serves as president of the Religious Studies Association and the Academic Programs Intern for the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, and works with the UT International House. She is also a member of the Undergraduate Research Student Association Executive Board, the Dean's Student Advisory Council, the Undergraduate Research Advisory Council, and the UT Cinema Club Executive Board. She helps run an after school science club for the students at Knoxville Jewish Day School and spends her free time poking around antique stores and junk shops. Recently, she spent her summer in the field on the 'Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project in southern Jordan. She looks forward to grad school and never wants to leave academia, hoping to spend her life teaching, travelling, and doing archaeology.