Meet the Expert

The Basics

First Name
Rebecca
Middle Name/M.I.
Last Name
Janzen
City
Columbia
State/Territory/Province
South Carolina
Country

Professional Information

Categories of Difference
Title
Assistant Professor
Institutional Affiliation
University of South Carolina
Discipline of Degree
Biographical Sketch

I am a scholar of gender, disability and religious studies in Mexican literature and culture, and I’ve written about a number of marginalized groups. My most scholarly recent work is about Mormons and Mennonites in Mexico in the form of a book called¬†Liminal Sovereignty: Mennonites and Mormons in Mexican Culture.¬†It looks at how US-descendant members of the LDS church and other Mormon groups are represented in photographs in immigration documents, archival documents that relate to land conflict, and novelized histories.

Mormon Studies Expertise

Methods/ Approaches
Area Studies, Disability Studies, Gender Studies, Literary Criticism, Religious Studies
Chronological Focus
20th century, 21st century
Geographic Focus
Latin America and/or Caribbean
Research Topics
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Critical Race Studies, Gender/Femininity/Masculinity/Sexuality, Other Mormon Traditions (AUB/Bickertonite/FLDS/Strangite/etc.), Women's History
Key Words
Bibliography

Liminal Sovereignty: Mennonites and Mormons in Mexican Popular Culture. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2018.