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Sujey Vega

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Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Assoc Professor, Faculty Lead
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Biography: 

Sujey Vega is the faculty head for ASU's American Studies program, 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. By looking to moments of belonging, she traces the way Latina/os make their own notion of home 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 previous work focused on non-traditional Latino settling locations in Indiana to expand the notion of the borderlands to these otherwise "new" or not previously recognized Latino communities. Her book, Latino Heartland: Of Borders and Belonging in the Midwest (2015, NYU Press), places in dialogue Mexican Hoosiers and non-Mexican (mostly White) Hoosiers of Indiana as they both come to terms with living in the same communal space. The book's focus 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.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Anthropology. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2008
  • M.A. Anthropology. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2006  
  • B.A.  Anthropology, minor in History. University of North Texas 2002 
Research Interests: 

Latina/o/x experiences, belonging, immigration, gender, religion, ethnic identity, intersectionality, ethnography, discourse analysis, race/space, ethno-history, community-based research, community-engaged pedagogy.

Publications: 

Book Manuscript

 Latino Heartland: Of Borders and Belonging in the Midwest. New York: NYU Press, 2015.  (341 manuscript pages). http://nyupress.org/books/9781479896042/

2016 Honorable Mention, Gloria E. Anzladúa Book Prize, National Women’s Studies Association.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Vega, Sujey. 2019. “Intersectional Hermanas: Latina Mormon Women Navigate Faith, Immigration, Leadership and Sisterhood.” Latino Studies Journal. 17 (1), pp. 27-47.

Messing, Jill Theresa, Sujey Vega, Alesha Durfee. 2017. “Protection order use among immigrant survivors of intimate partner violence.” Fall 2017 Special Issue of Feminist Criminology on Bringing Latinas to the Forefront. Vol 12, Issue 3, pp. 199 – 223.

Vega, Sujey. 2012. “The Politics of Everyday Life: Mexican Hoosiers & Ethnic Belonging at the Crossroads of America.” City & Society 24(2): 197-217.

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

Vega, Sujey. “Expanding Deseret Belonging: Latina/o Belonging in the Mormon Deseret Diaspora.” Forthcoming in Faith and Power: Latina/o Religious Politics Since 1945, Eds. Felipe Hinojosa, Maggie Elmore, and Sergio González. NYU Press, February 2022.

Vega, Sujey. “Mujerista Theology.” The Routledge Handbook on Mormonism and Gender, edited by Taylor Petrey and Amy Hoyt. Routledge, 2020; 598-607.

Vega, Sujey. “Latino/a/x Mormons.” The Oxford Handbook of Latinx Christianities in the United States, edited by Theo Calderara and Kristy Nabhan-Warren. Oxford University Press, Feb 2022.

Vega, Sujey. ““Blossom As the Rose”: LDS Latina/o Millennials Challenge A Politics of Worthiness In Ramos-Zayas, A. and Rúa, M. Critical Diálogos in Latina and Latino Studies. NYU Press. Forthcoming.

Vega, Sujey, Alesha Durfee and Jill Messing. 2021 “Entre Mujeres Platicamos: The role of informal social networks among Latina survivors of Intimate Partner Violence.” In Latinas in the Criminal Justice System: Victims, Targets, and Offenders, Lopez, V. & Pasko, pp. 19-41. New York: NYU Press.

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.

White Papers and Research Briefs

            Olsen-Medina, Kira (co-PI), Sujey Vega (co-Pi), Zoe Lacey. October 2021. Guerrero Project Research Brief:

Research Activity: 

Nancy Godoy (50% PI), Sujey Vega (30% co-PI), Lorrie McAllister (20% co-PI). “Engaging, Educating, and Empowering: Developing Community-Driven Archival Collections.” The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Hyperempathy as A Call for Futurist Survival: Octavia Butler, Double Consciousness, and Characters of Color that frame the Way Forward

Socorro Across The Ages: Latina Social Networks in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Sujey Vega. 2013-2014 Enchanted Faith: Latino Conversion, Gender Constructions, and Social Networks in the Church of Latter Day Saints in Phoenix area.

Alesha Durfee [PI], Jill Messing [co-PI], Sujey Vega [Consultant]. 2013-Ongoing Legal Mobilization and Intimate Partner Victimization

Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
AMS 201Intro to American Studies
SST 301Research Methods-American Comm
SST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 593Applied Project
WST 792Research
WST 799Dissertation
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
AMS 502Amer Studies: Theory & Method
WST 592Research
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 799Dissertation
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
AMS 502Amer Studies: Theory & Method
WST 690Reading and Conference
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
AMS 599Thesis
WST 691Seminar
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 350Immigration and Justice
WST 493Honors Thesis
WST 498Pro-Seminar
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 691Seminar
WST 799Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 799Dissertation
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
WST 498Pro-Seminar
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 590Reading and Conference
WST 592Research
WST 593Applied Project
WST 599Thesis
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 799Dissertation
Presentations: 
  • Sujey Vega. Citizen Performativity: Policing and Constraining Brown Bodies in Arizona. Fanaticism and the Abolition-Democracy: Critical Theory in the Spirit of Joel Olson Conference (Jan 2013).
  • Sujey Vega. Politics At the Borderlands: A Discursivee Approach Toward State-Based Legislative Attacks On Immigration. American Anthropological Association Meetings (Nov 2012).
Honors / Awards: 
  • May 2017, Awarded the ASU CLFSA Dr. Manuel Servin Faculty Award.
  • August 2016. Honorable Mention, Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize, National Women’s
  • Studies Association.
  • April 2015. Symposium Scholar. Young Scholars Symposium. Institute for Latino
  • Studies, University of Notre Dame.
  • July 2013. Faculty Fellow. Wye Faculty Seminar on Citizenship in the American and
  • Global Polity. Aspen Institute and the Association of American Colleges. Only two faculty sponsored to attend by President Crow (Arizona State University).
  • Spring 2012. Visiting Fellow. Institute for Humanities Research. Arizona State
  • University.
  • June 2009 Spelman-National Women’s Studies Association Summer Institute Fellow,
  • “Women of Color: Theory, Scholarship, and Activism” Atlanta, Georgia.
Editorships: 

SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION

  • 2019-2021 Editorial Board, Mormon Studies Review.
  • 2018-Present Editorial Board for Book Series: Latinos in Chicago and the Midwest, with University of Illinois Press
  • 2018. Conference Program Committee. Mormon History Association.
  • 2018. First level reviewer for The Center for Engaged Scholarship Dissertation Fellowship National competition.
  • 2017. Editorial Board. Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education.
  • 2017. Steering Committee of the Global Mormon Studies Research Network hosted by the University of Auckland. 
  • 2015-2017. Editorial Board. Latinx Talk (previously Mujeres Talk), an online, interdisciplinary, edited, and moderated forum for original research, commentary, and creative work.
  •  2016 Conference Program Committee, National Women’s Studies Association
  •  2016-2017. Consultant for a special exhibit, "Indiana Latino Heritage Project," for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.
  •  2011-2014. Treasurer, Web Developer. Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists, a section of the American Anthropological Association,
  • 2017. Manuscript Reviewer. Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
  •  2015. Manuscript Reviewer. Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies.
  •  2014. Manuscript Reviewer. Journal of International Migration and Integration
  •  2014. Manuscript Reviewer. Feminist Criminology
  • 2012. Manuscript Reviewer. The Sociological Quarterly
  • 2012. Manuscript Reviewer. City & Society
  •  2010. Manuscript Reviewer. Journal of Rural Social Sciences
  • 2009. Manuscript Reviewer. Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psych. Anthropology
     
Professional Associations: 

Latino/a Studies Association

American Studies Association

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History: 

Doctoral Dissertation Chair (2)

  • Tracey Flores.* Dissertation successfully defended April 2017. Somos Escritores/We are Writers: Latina Adolescent Girls and Their Parents Writing, Sharing, and Ways of Knowing.
  • Lizbett Benge. Dissertation successfully defended April 2020. Sensing the State, Strategizing Survival: Foster Care and the Ordering of Spacetimebodyminds

Doctoral Dissertation Committees

  • Monica Hernandez (Dissertation Advisor)
  • Noah Siffin (Dissertation Advisor)
  • Isobel-Marie Johnston
  • Vik Peer
  • Gabriela A. Gonzalez (successfully defended April 2021)
  •  Julie Rousseau (successfully defended April 2019)

Master’s Thesis Chair/Committee (5)

  • Natalia Lopez Osorio (Advisor)
  • Shane Manning (Advisor)
  • Christine Leavitt
  • Karina Tello Medina (Thesis Chair, succesfully defended May 2018)
  • Wallace Hudson (successfully defended April 2017)
  • Vivivanne Linos (successfully defended April 2017)

 

Work History: 

Arizona State University

  • Fall 2018  Promoted to Associate Professor. Women & Gender Studies, School of Social Transformation.
  • Fall 2012 – Spring 2018. Assistant Professor. Women & Gender Studies, School of Social Transformation. Affiliate Faculty: Religious Studies and School of Transborder Studies
  • Fall 2011-Spring 2012. Visiting Fellow. Institute of Humanities Research.

Sam Houston State University

  • Fall 2009 – Spring 2011. Assistant Professor. Department of Sociology.
  • Fall 2008-Spring 2009. Visiting Assistant Professor. Department of Sociology.

 

 

Service: 
  • CLAS Dean's Advisory Council on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, SST Representative. Fall 2021-Spring 2022
  • Guest Panelist, More than a Statement:  Equity, Inclusion and Diversity. ASU’s Preparing Future Faculty class, Tamara Underiner, Sep 2020
  • Faculty Representative, Chicano/Latino Faculty Staff Association. ASU 2017-18.
  • 2016 Conference Program Committee, National Women’s Studies Association
  • 2016-2017. Consultant for a special exhibit, "Indiana Latino Heritage Project," for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.
  • 2011-2014. Treasurer, Web Developer. Association of Latina and Latino
  • Anthropologists, a section of the American Anthropological Association,
  •     2017. Manuscript Reviewer. Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
  •     2015. Manuscript Reviewer. Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies.
  •     2014. Manuscript Reviewer. Journal of International Migration and Integration
  •     2014. Manuscript Reviewer. Feminist Criminology
  •     2012. Manuscript Reviewer. The Sociological Quarterly
  •     2012. Manuscript Reviewer. City & Society
  •     2010. Manuscript Reviewer. Journal of Rural Social Sciences
  • 2009. Manuscript Reviewer. Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psych. Anthropology