Spring 2022

Latinx Religion

Listed in: Latinx and Latin Amer Studies, as LLAS-130  |  Religion, as RELI-130


Lloyd D. Barba (Section 01)


(Offered as RELI 130and LLAS 130) On the dawn of the quincentenary of the Protestant Reformation, the April 2013 cover story of Time Magazine heralded the “Latino Reformation.” After 500 years of religious contact, conflict, and conversions throughout the Americas, “Latino USA” is undergoing unprecedented religious transformations. Latinxs, now comprising the largest ethnic minority group in the United States, are largely responsible for the new expressions of Abrahamic religious traditions in the country. This course is a historical survey of the growing and diverse U.S. Latinx religious experiences. The chronology of the course will begin with pre-contact Indian religions and cultures, then follow with an examination of Iberian Catholic and Indian contact cultures, Catholic and Protestant migrations into the U.S., and the negotiation and representation of Latinx religious identities today.

Spring semester. Assistant Professor Barba.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: an emphasis on written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations, and group work. Fieldwork will be subject to travel restrictions. Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Santo: The Varities of Latina/o Spirituality Orbis, 2012 Aponte, Edwin Required Amherst Books TBD
Brown Church: Five Centuries of Latina/o Social Justice, Theology, and Identity InterVarsity Press, 2020 Romero, Chao Required Amherst Books TBD
Our Lady of Everyday Life Oxford University Press; 1st ed. 2018 Del Socorro Castaneda-Liles, Maria Required Amherst Books TBD
Day of the Dead: The Migration and Transformation of a Cultural Phenomenon Rutgers University Press, 2009 Marchi, Regina Required. Also available as e-book on Moodle Amherst Books TBD
Apostles of Change: Latino Radical Politics, Church Occupations, and the Fight to Save the Barrio University of Texas Press, 2021 Hinojosa, Felipe Required Amherst Books TBD
Devoted to Death, Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint Oxford University Press, 2nd ed.,2017 Chesnut, Andrew Required Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2019, Spring 2022