Meet the Expert

The Basics

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Professional Information

Categories of Difference
A woman of color, First-generation college graduate, Immigrant
Associate Professor
Institutional Affiliation
Arizona State University
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