Photo by Drue Sokol

Professor Margarita Guillory, who was recently awarded her Ph.D. at Rice University, joined the UR faculty this fall as an assistant professor in the department of religion and classics. She teaches courses on American religious history and African-American religions, and is also an advisor for the new program offered in American studies.

Guillory will be presenting “Missing Pieces: Employing the Post Family Newspaper Collection to Form a Fuller Picture of American Spiritualism” in the Libraries’ Spotlight On … Series today, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m.

You originally taught natural sciences. What prompted your transition to the social sciences, particularly religion?

Even as a child, I was always fascinated by the role that religion played in the lives of people. However, I was equally passionate about the sciences. I have been very fortunate in the sense that my professional life has afforded me the ability to pursue my two loves: religion and science.

Who influenced you the most as a student?

My mother and grandfather really inspired me as a student. They both stressed the value of formal education. More importantly, I learned from them that discipline, persistence and dedication yield fruitful, long-lasting results.

What is a favorite memory that you have from your college years?

I had so many — it is hard to choose one. Since I have to pick one, it would have to be the summer of my junior year when I was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship.

Your alma mater, Emory University, and UR are rivals in the UAA league. Where do your loyalties truly lie?

While Emory University will always have a special place in my heart, I am now a Yellowjacket.

If you were to have one super power, what would it be?


Gorman, Jr. is a member of the class of 2014.

Looking towards Starbucks for my gender

I am genderfluid. On days when Emmely becomes an ill-fitting hat, Starbucks is there to save the day.

Please watch ‘Bigtop Burger.’ I am begging you.

If you aren’t watching Bigtop Burger, you should be. There is, quite frankly, no excuse not to watch it.

What how you spend your weekends really says about you

When the weekend comes around, I overthink and start to get a rush of anxiety. Why? Because I might be judged for not going out.