Natalie Luna-Renek is a Dean’s Graduate Research Fellow working towards her Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology with an emphasis on the Anthropology of Religion. In 2010, she received her B.A. in Anthropology from California State University, Fullerton. She also earned her M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from California State University, Fullerton, in 2012. Her thesis research focused on the dream and spirit theories of Native Hawaiians living in Southern California. Natalie's dissertation research expands upon this previous work. She examines how Native Hawaiian animism is sustained away from the islands of Hawai’i and how Christianity changes when exposed to animism.