Professional and Biographical Information

Submitted by Lloyd D. Barba on Thursday, 4/21/2022, at 10:39 PM



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

Selected Publications


Sowing the Sacred: Mexican Pentecostal Farmworkers in California (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2022)

Edited Collections:

Recovering Apostolic Histories & Theologies: Race, Gender, and Culture in Oneness Pentecostalism. Edited with Andrea Shan Johnson and Daniel Ramírez (Penn State University Press, forthcoming 2023)

Latin American and Latinx Religion in North America (Bloomsbury: Religion in North America, forthcoming 2023)

Articles and Chapters:

“Guadalupe Represents La Cultura: A Mexican-American Mural-Shrine in California” American Patroness: National Shrines to Mary and the Making of US Catholicism, eds., Karen Park and Katherine Dugan (Fordham University Press, forthcoming 2023)

“Dust, Dreams, and Discipline: Okies and the Transformation of Pentecostalism in California” in Histories of Race, Gender, and Culture in North American Oneness Pentecostalism, edited by Lloyd Barba, Andrea Shan Johnson, and Daniel Ramírez (Penn State University Press, forthcoming Spring 2023)

“Latina/o Pentecostalism” in the Oxford Handbook on Latinx Christianity in the United States (Oxford University Press, 2022)

“Pentecostalism’s Instrumental Faith and Alternative Power: Cesar Chávez and Reies López Tijerina Among Pentecostal Farmworkers 1954-1956” in Faith and Power: Latino Religious Politics since 1945 eds. Felipe Hinojosa, Sergio Gonzalez, and Maggie Elmore (New York University Press, 2022), 121-44.

“Latinx Legacies and Leadership in the U.S. Sanctuary Movement 1980-2020”  American Religion (3:1) (Fall 2021): 1-24, co-authored with Tatyana Castillo-Ramos.

“Latinx Christianities in North America,” Main Article, Bloomsbury Religion in North America (July 2021)

“Borderlands Believers: Migrant Laborers and the Growth of Pentecostalism from Los Angeles” in Religion in Los Angeles: Religious Activism, Innovation, and Diversity in the Global City, eds., Diane Winston and Richard Flory (Routledge, 2021), 58-73.

“Capturing the Church Familia: Scriptural Documents and Photographs on the Agricultural Labor Circuit” in Critical Dialogues in Latinx Studies: A Reader eds., Ana Ramos-Zayas and Mérida Rua (New York University Press, 2021), 457-475

“The Borderlands Aesthetics of Mexican-American Pentecostalism” in Protestant Aesthetics and the Arts, eds., Kathryn Reklis and Sarah Covington (Routledge, 2020), 252-264

“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): 11-36, co-authored with Tatyana Castillo-Ramos

 ----Also published in Spanish in the same journal issue as: “Resistencia Sagrada: El Movimiento Santuario desde           Reagan a Trump” pp. 38-66.

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): 691-723.

“More Spirit in that Little Madera Church: Cesar Chavez and Borderlands Religious Soundscapes 1954-1966,” California History (94:1); (Spring 2017): 26-42

“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): 1-32

Selected Conference Presentations

"Migrating Faith in Photos” American Society for Church History, annual conference, New Orleans, LA, January 6-9, 2022.

“La Migra No Profana El Santuario: Latinx Sanctuary Movement Leaders in the Age of Trump” American Academy of Religion, annual conference, San Diego, CA, November 22-26, 2019 (co-presented with Tatyana Castillo-Ramos)

“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

Co-chair the History of Christianity unit of the American Academy of Religion (AAR)

Steering committee member of the Latina/o Religion, Culture, and Society unit of the AAR

Bloomsbury Religion in North America Advisory Board

Peer reviewer for various academic journal articles, books, and proposals

Consultant for archival collections on Latin American and Latina/o religious figures and organizations.