- First Name
- Middle Name/M.I.
- Last Name
- Media Availability
- Categories of Difference
- A woman of color, First-generation college graduate, Immigrant
- Associate Professor
- Institutional Affiliation
- Arizona State University
- Highest Degree Relevant to Mormon Studies
- Discipline of Degree
- Anthropology, History, Women and Gender Studies
- Biographical Sketch
Sujey Vega is an Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies and affiliate faculty member in the School of Transborder Studies and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. Her research explores the every day lived experiences of Latina/os in the U.S. Using ethnography, oral history and archival analysis, Professor Vega’s research includes race/ethnic studies, social networks, gendered experiences and ethno-religious practices. Her book, Latino Heartland: Of Borders and Belonging in the Midwest (2015, NYU Press), includes ethno-religious practices, comadrazgo (female social networks), ethnic solidarity and community organizations that helped Mexicans assert a right to belong in a Midwestern city. Professor Vega’s current project historically locates the growth of Latina/o LDS members in the Phoenix area and the role the LDS church plays in the lives of current Latino Mormons. She is particularly interested in gendered social networks, primarily the Relief Society as it engages Spanish-speaking women in church leadership and the pull/push factors that have attracted Spanish-speaking members to Mormonism in record numbers.
Mormon Studies Expertise
- Methods/ Approaches
- Anthropology, Ethnography, Ethnohistory, Gender Studies, History, Public History, Religious Studies, Rhetoric/Communication
- Chronological Focus
- 20th century, 21st century
- Geographic Focus
- United States and/or Canada, Latin America and/or Caribbean
- Research Topics
- Church Membership, Critical Race Studies, Gender/Femininity/Masculinity/Sexuality, Missions/Missiology, Motherhood, Politics/Political Issues/Political Engagement, Race/Ethnicity, Sacred Space, Social Justice
- Key Words
- Latina; Undocumented; DACA; Immigration; Spanish-speaking Wards
Latino Heartland: Of Borders and Belonging in the Midwest. New York: NYU Press, 2015. (341 manuscript pages). HTTP://NYUPRESS.ORG/BOOKS/9781479896042/
- Chapter 2: Kneading Home: Creating Community While Navigating Home
Vega, Sujey. Forthcoming. “Intersectional Hermanas: Latina Mormon Women Navigate Faith, Immigration, Leadership and Sisterhood .” Latino Studies Journal. (Forthcoming Spring 2019 Issue)
Vega, Sujey. 2014. “Crimmigration at the Crossroads of America Or How Divisive Politics Tarnish the Heartland.” In The Criminalization of Immigration: Contexts and Consequences, edite by Alissa R. Ackerman and Rich Furman, pp. 75-88. Durham: Carolina Academic Press.
- Main narrative features Latina Mormon Female survivor of domestic violence
2017. Sujey Vega. Matthew Garrett, Making Lamanites: Mormons, Native Americans, and the Indian Student Placement Program, 1947–2000 Reviewed in Mormon Studies Review, Vol. 5. pp. 94-98.
2017. Vega, Sujey . Chicano While Mormon: Activism, War, and Keeping the
Faith, by Ignacio M. Garcia in Journal of Mormon History Volume 43, No. 3. pp. 183-186