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Barbara Sostaita, PhD

Assistant Professor



Building & Room:

UH 1515


601 S. Morgan St

Office Phone:

(312) 996-2297


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. Profesor 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.