Marco Pflanzen they/them

Recently starting their M.A. in Religion in Culture at the University of Alabama this fall, Marco Pflanzen is from Ashburn, VA, and graduated from Shenandoah University in May 2020 with a B.M. in Violin Performance and a Minor in Religious Studies. Their current research primarily focuses on considering the relationship between sex and secularism and its impact on economic, social, and political structures in the United States. They also enjoy researching within the disciplines of feminist and queer theory, critical race theory, pedagogy, and musicology. Marco is a Graduate Teaching Assistant for a Religions of the World course with Professor Steven Ramey.

Marco studied in Vienna, Austria in the summer of 2019 with the support of the Gilman Scholarship to do musicological research on the intersection between music and activism, focusing specifically on EuroPride 2020.

EuroPride Parade in Vienna, Austria 2019.

In May 2019, Marco traveled with some classmates and two professors to Senegal as part of a Global Interreligous Studies course.

As part of the course, they documented and critically analyzed the relationship between music, religious architecture, and power in Dakar, Touba, and Joal-Fadiouth.