Looking broadly at postcolonial Latin America, I am concerned with the narrow, though difficult to define, category of Guadalupan devotion. I bring an interdisciplinary approach to Guadalupan devotion that draws on my training in religious studies, anthropology, and Spanish. Rather than taking Gudalupan rituals or devotees as data in themselves, I focus on the social utility of origins tales about Guadalupan identity and the connection between this utility and the development of the modern Mexican nation-state. That is to say that, I am looking at the various discourses that narrate the Virgin’s appearance just outside modern day Mexico City in the early 16th century and the contemporary influence of these discourses on scholarship on Guadalupan devotion. Beyond this case study, my interest in social theory and group identity has pushed me to think and write broadly about global apparition culture.
I have ongoing experience as an online instructor, guest lecturer and graduate teaching assistant in courses for the Department of Religious Studies as well as doing work for the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, a regional group of the American Academy of Religion as their web manager.