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Sujey Vega

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

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. 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

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

  • Sujey Vega. "Crimmigration at the Crossroads of America Or How Divisive Politics Tarnish the Heartland". The Criminalization of Immigration: Contexts and Consequences
  • 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
  • Vega, Sujey. 2012. “The Politics of Everyday Life: Mexican Hoosiers & Ethnic
    Belonging at the Crossroads of America.” City & Society 24(2): 197-217
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

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 100Women, Gender, and Society
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
SLC 494Special Topics
ASB 494Special Topics
HST 494Special Topics
HUL 494Special Topics
WST 494Special Topics
WST 498Pro-Seminar
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 590Reading and Conference
WST 592Research
WST 593Applied Project
HUL 598Special Topics
WST 599Thesis
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 345Gender, Religion & Violence
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
WST 498Pro-Seminar
TCL 499Individualized Instruction
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 502Gender Research Methodologies
WST 590Reading and Conference
WST 592Research
WST 593Applied Project
WST 599Thesis
WST 690Reading and Conference
Fall 2017
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 602Mapping Intersections Gender
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 345Gender, Religion & Violence
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
WST 498Pro-Seminar
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 502Gender Research Methods
WST 590Reading and Conference
WST 592Research
WST 593Applied Project
WST 599Thesis
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
WST 498Pro-Seminar
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 592Research
WST 593Applied Project
WST 599Thesis
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 100Women, Gender, and Society
WST 502Gender Research Methods
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 100Women, Gender, and Society
WST 345Gender, Religion & Violence
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 373Latina/Chicana Issues
WST 373Latina/Chicana Issues
WST 602Mapping Intersections Gender
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 100Women, Gender, and Society
WST 492Honors Directed Study
WST 493Honors Thesis
WST 499Individualized Instruction
WST 690Reading and Conference
WST 790Reading and Conference
WST 792Research
WST 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 345Gender, Religion & Violence
WST 602Mapping Intersections Gender
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
  • 2017. Editorial Board. Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education.
  • 2015-2017. Editorial Group Board. Latinx Talk (previously Mujeres Talk), a online, interdisciplinary, edited, and moderated forum for original research, commentary, and creative work.
  • 2016 Conference Program Committee, National Women’s Studies Association
Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

Doctoral Mentoring/Adviser/Co-Advisor      

  • Tracey Flores.* Dissertation successfully defended April 2017.
  • Lizbett Benge. Ongoing, Year 2 of the Program
  • Monica Hernandez, ASU Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellowship
  • Melanie Vigil

Doctoral Dissertation Committee Member

  •   Sakena Young-Scaggs           
  •   Julie Rousseau
  • Gabriela A. Gonzalez

Master’s Thesis Committee

  •  Karina Tello Medina
  •  Wallace Hudson (successfully defended April 2017)
  •   Vivivanne Linos (successfully defended April 2017)
Work History

August 30, 2017. Featured expert for panel. Diversity Dialogues Media Coverage of Multiracial and Multiethnic Communities. The Arizona Republic. Phoenix, AZ.

 

      April 10, 2017. Featered expert in story: Trans Queer Pueblo Discusses Why It Protested At Pride Parade, by Lauren Gilger. The Show on KJZZ (Phoenix NPR)

http://theshow.kjzz.org/content/458765/trans-queer-pueblo-discusses-why-it-protested-pride-parade

 

      December 13, 2016. Featured expert in story: Guadalupe's namesake festival blends faith, tribal pride, by Rafael Carranza. AZ Central, The Arizona Republic. Part of the USA TODAY Network

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe/2016/12/12/guadalupes-namesake-festival-blends-faith-tribal-pride/94624718/

 

      Aug 22, 2016. Featured expert in story: The Future of the Mormon Church? It's Latino, by Raul A. Reyes. NBC News Latino Section.   

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/future-mormon-church-it-s-latino-n570621

 

      March 29, 2016. Story on my presentation (March 11, 2016) on Latina female social networks in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

http://humanities.byu.edu/hermanas-in-zion-sujey-vega-on-the-sisterhood-of-latina-lds-women/

 

      March 28, 2016. Interview on Borderlands History Blog about my work on Latino/a experiences in the LDS Church.

http://borderlandshistory.org/2016/03/28/qa-with-sujey-vega-about-lds-latinos-and-ethnic-religious-belonging-in-arizona/

 

      March 28, 2016. Youtube video of BYU Redd Center Talk on Latino Ethnic Religious Belonging

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2j3XHwP1HaM

 

      December 30, 2015. Featured Author in New Books in Latino Studies Podcast: http://newbooksinlatinostudies.com/2015/12/30/sujey-vega-latino-heartland-of-borders-and-belonging-in-the-midwest-nyu-press-2015/

 

      November 25, 2015. Peer-Review Blog Entry. “Some Advice for Surviving Your First Year in a Doctoral Program.” Mujeres Talk Online Forum: https://library.osu.edu/blogs/mujerestalk/about-us/

 

      September 26, 2015. “Presentation focuses on suffering of migrant women.” http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/local/article_3ec1d6ac-6459-11e5-be40-c7aef827227d.html

 

      September 23, 2015. “#WomynConvoWendesdays start off the year with conversations about intersectionality.” http://www.statepress.com/article/2015/09/hashtag-womyn-convo-wednesdays

 

      March 24, 2015. Blog Entry. “Mujerista in Spirit: On Being a Latina Lapsed Catholic Researching Faith during Lent.” Mujeres Talk online forum.

https://library.osu.edu/blogs/mujerestalk/2015/03/24/mujerista-in-spirit-on-being-a-latina-lapsed-catholic-researching-faith-during-lent/#comments

 

      October 2014. Expert interview. Telemundo Arizona. Latino Mormons for the grand opening of the 3rd LDS Temple in the Valley (Phoenix). To be aired on October 10, 2014.

 

      August 2014. Featured author in Law Professors BLOGS Network on piece covering the publication chapter in The Criminalization of Immigration: Contexts and Consequences, (2014). With over 14 authors included in the edited volume, I was the only author named in the blog. http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/current_affairs/page/12/

 

May 2014. Expert interview. KJZZ (NPR) Here and Now Show. #YesAllWomen Gives A Voice To Everyday Sexism. Aired May 28, 2014. 

 http://kjzz.org/content/31544/yesallwomen-gives-voice-everyday-sexism

 

Service
  • American Anthropological Association/Association of Latina Latino Anthropologists (ALLA), Treasurer and Web Designer (2011 - 2013)