Faculty Highlight: Barbara Sostaita
Professor Barbara Sostaita is a scholar of religion and global migration. She grew up undocumented in the south, the daughter of a minister who taught her how religion informs and shapes migrant-led organizing. Prof. Sostaita holds a PhD in Religious Studies with a Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Currently, she is completing a manuscript titled Sanctuary Everywhere, an ethnographic study of care practices in the Sonora-Arizona borderlands. This book and her other projects consider how people on the move--including migrants, artists, and organizers--engage with the sacred to cross and transgress borders. At UIC, she teaches courses on Latinx religions, transnational migration, and undocumented social movements. This semester, she teaches LALS 286 Issues in Latino Identity and LALS 385 Latino Social Movements in the United States.