In all areas, Robert Cremins has distinguished himself in our program and beyond. His research is thorough and engaging. He is very adept at finding the weaknesses in written argumentation and constructing a research design that can address whatever problems he identifies. In the course of his research, he always exceeds the regular level I have come to expect from undergraduate students. Whatever the topic, Robert has been able to identify key scholarship across a wide array of fields, ranging, for example, from gender construction in late antique Christianity, to racial relations in American Pentecostal Christian movements of the early twentieth century, to third-gender identity among Native American populations and the LGBTQ community.
He is also able to move beyond regurgitating scholarly opinions to synthesize his own position, largely owing to his analytical abilities and his passion for integrating new sources and theoretical positions in his research. His research interests span both the humanities and social- sciences, making him highly versatile, whether he is writing about modern Christianity or same sex partner violence. At the same time, he has developed a stable set of issues and approaches that unify his undergraduate work, such as gender and sexuality and feminist, psychoanalytic, queer, and racial theory, exhibiting a maturity beyond his status as an undergraduate.
As a result of Robert's abilities and work ethic, he has been the recipient of a number of awards including the Lusby and Hodges Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, and an honorable mention for research presented at the University of Tennessee's EURe?CA conference, an interdisciplinary forum for undergraduate research across the entire University. He is a member of three different honors societies and remains on the Dean's List. He has also presented his research at professional academic venues, such as the annual meeting of the Southeast Commission for the Study of Religion.
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