I received my B.A. in Religious Studies, Anthropology and Spanish from the University of Alabama and maintain interdisciplinary methods in my graduate work. The role of symbols, and their corresponding authority in the production historical narratives, seeded an early interest in the delineation of ‘truth’ by certain social actors and structured conditions. In my undergraduate studies, this interest manifested in broad reading and writing on discourse, identity formation, and social theory.
Looking with an ethnographic focus to Mexican immigrant communities in the Southeastern United States, I hope to combine my Spanish language skills and critical social theory to evaluate the function of religion in daily life. Particularly, I am interested in the function of ephemera and the material conditions of belief for migrants living in rural areas with limited social infrastructure.