Professional and Biographical Information

Submitted by Lloyd D. Barba on Saturday, 12/12/2020, at 10:32 PM



Ph.D. University of Michigan (2016)
M.A., University of Michigan (2011)
B.A. University of the Pacific (2009) 

Selected Publications


“Sowing the Sacred: Mexican Pentecostal Farmworkers in California, 1916-1966” (under contract with Oxford University Press)

Articles and Chapters:

“Latinx Pentecostalism” in the Oxford Handbook on Latinx/o/a Christianities (forthcoming)

“Latinx Christianities in North America,” Main Article, Bloomsbury Religion in North America (forthcoming)

“Borderlands Believers: Migrant Laborers and the Growth of Pentecostalism from Los Angeles” in Religion in Los Angeles, eds., Diane Winston and Richard Flory (Routledge) (forthcoming)

“Capturing the Church Familia: Scriptural Documents and Photographs on the Agricultural Labor Circuit” in Critical Diálogos in Latina and Latino Studies eds., Ana Ramos-Zayas and Mérida Rua (New York University Press) (forthcoming)

“The Borderlands Aesthetics of Mexican-American Pentecostalism” in Protestant Aesthetics and the Arts, eds., Kathryn Reklis and Sarah Covington (Routledge 2020)

“Trump’s Wall: A Monument of (Un)Civil Religion” Material and Visual Cultures of Religion MAVCOR hosted by Yale University Press (September 2019)

"Sacred Resistance: The Sanctuary Movement From Reagan to Trump," Perspectivas 16 (2019) co-authored with Tatyana Castillo-Ramos

The New Issue: Approaches to Oneness Pentecostalism, ”Religion Compass (12:11) (November 2018) co-authored with Andrea Johnson

“Farmworker Frames: Apostólico Counter Narratives in California’s Valleys,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion (86:3); (September 2018)

“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

“Unwrapping History: Women and the Maturation of Mexican-American Pentecostal Churches in America” American Historical Association, annual meeting, Chicago, IL, January 3-6, 2019

"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.



Louisville Institute's First Book Grant for Minority Scholars (2018-2019)

C3 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Latina/o Studies and Religion, Williams College (2016-2017)

Scholarly Activities

I co-chair the History of Christianity unit of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and sit on the steering committee of the Latina/o Religion, Culture, and Society unit of the AAR. I also serve as a peer reviewer for academic journal articles and book. Since 2013 I have collected and consulted for archival collections of Latin American and Latina/o religious figures and organizations.