October 28, 2015

Meet LAP Editor Jennifer Hughes

Jennifer Hughes
Associate Professor of History
Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley 2005
Masters, Harvard University, Divinity School 1996
B.A., Highest Honors, Latin American Studies, University of California, San
ta Cruz 1996
Areas of specialization: History of Religions. Historical and cultural study of Latin American and Latino religions, including conquest, mission, conversion, syncretism, indigenous Christianity. History of modern Christianity. Material religion, material culture (theory of the object) and religion and art, especially the religious image. Affective approaches to the study of religion, religion and emotion.


Jennifer Hughes' research and teaching focuses on Latin American and Latino religions, religion and art (including especially religious images), the role of religion in colonialism and decolonization, Christianity in the Southern Hemisphere, and immigrant religions. Professor Hughes' first book, Biography of a Mexican Crucifix: Lived Religion and Local Faith from the Conquest to the Present (Oxford University Press, 2010), is a history of popular devotion to artistic images of the suffering Christ in Mexico. She is currently working on two new projects. The first treats the impact of mass death by epidemic disease on the shape of New World Christianity. The second explores Latino religious practice in the metro Los Angeles/Southern California area. She is currently the co-chair of the Religion in Latin America and Caribbean Group of the American Academy of Religion. In addition to her academic scholarship, Professor Hughes has worked as an advocate for homeless Latinos with HIV/AIDS, as a translator and advocate for Angolan refugees in South Africa, and with the liberation theology base community movement in Brazil. Professor Hughes is also the founding co-director of UC Riverside's Institute for the Study of Immigrant Religions.

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