Professional and Biographical Information

Submitted by Lloyd D. Barba on Wednesday, 7/18/2018, at 11:48 AM

(On leave 2018-2019)*

*Recipient of the Louisville Institute's First Book Grant for Minority Scholars (2018-2019)


Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2016

M.A., University of Michigan, 2011

B.A. University of the Pacific, 2009


Selected Publications

“Farmworker Frames: Apostólico Counter Narratives in California’s Valleys” Journal of the American Academy of Religion (forthcoming)

“More Spirit in that Little Madera Church: Cesar Chavez and Borderlands Religious Soundscapes 1954-1966” California History, (94:1); (Spring 2017)

“Jesus Would Be Jim Crowed: Bishop Robert Lawson on Race and Religion in the Harlem Renaissance” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, (6:3); (2015)


Selected Conference Presentations

"Temples Made with Hands: Mexican Pentecostal Women and the Construction of Farmworker Temples in the Central Valley" Organization of American Historians, annual meeting, Sacramento, CA, April 12-14, 2018.

“Through the Lens of the Subaltern: Mexican-Pentecostal Narratives and Church Family Photographs” American Academy of Religion, annual conference, Boston, MA, November 18-21, 2017.

“Reforming Chicanas/os and Christians: Pentecostals and the Pursuit of El Valle De Paz” American Society for Church History, annual conference, Denver, CO, January 5-8, 2017.

“The Dust District: Cosmopolitan and Okie Pentecostal Convergence in California” The American Academy of Religion, annual conference, San Antonio, TX, November 19-22, 2016.

“Estéticas Apostólicas en la Fronteriza” (translation: Apostolic Aesthetics in the Borderlands) Red de Investigadores del Fenómeno Religioso en México, annual conference, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mérida, Yucatán, April 15-17, 2015.

“Dust and Denominations: Pentecostalism and Migration in Farm Labor Communities of California’s Valleys 1917-1964” American Society for Church History –Ecclesiastical History Society joint conference, Oxford, England, April 3-5, 2014.

“Faith with Works: Cesar Chavez’s Religious Image” National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies 40th Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, March 14-17, 2012.


Scholarly Activities

I serve as a peer reviewer for academic journals and in November 2017 joined the steering committee of the Latina/o Religion, Culture, and Society unit of the American Academy of Religion. Since 2013 I have collected and consulted for archival collections of Latin American and Latina/o religious figures and organizations.