I am interested in
the history of women, gender, and spirituality in the
Southwest. The focus of my dissertation will be on faith
healing, specifically, the Mexican–American practice of
curanderismo. As the Protestant Faith Healing
Movement gained popularity on the East Coast of the
United States and in Canada at the turn of the twentieth
century, borderlands saints like Teresa Urrea
(1873-1906) and Don Pedrito Jaramillo (1829-1907)
attracted thousands of devout followers on both sides of
the U.S.-Mexico border with their curanderismo
practices. I suggest that a comparative, transnational
study of curanderismo as a faith healing practice
as well as a subversive political tool will contribute
to the dialogue about belief, the body, and medicine
that informed the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
In addition to my
research interests, I serve on the Women’s and Gender
Studies Council as one of the graduate students
representatives. The Women's and Gender Studies Program
offers students opportunities to explore the social and
cultural effects of gender difference.
Last updated 10/11.