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Jessica Delgado

Jessica Delgado is Assistant Professor of Religion at Princeton University since 2012. She earned her Ph.D. in Latin American History at the University of California at Berkeley and was Stewart Fellow in Religion at Princeton University from 2009-2012. Her field is the history of religion in Latin America with a focus on Mexico in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Her research interests include women, gender, and sexuality; the Catholic Church in colonial society; race, caste, and religion; the materiality of devotion and the ways religiosity shapes peoples experience of the physical world, including their own bodies; and the intersection between social and spiritual status in the early modern world. Delgado's research on laywomen's use of ecclesiastical courts to resolve domestic and marital disputes has appeared in Colonial Latin American Review. Her current scholarship includes essays on spiritual status as an historically specific category of difference and power in Colonial Mexico, the local impact of Inquisition investigations and women's participation in Inquisitorial culture, laywomen’s extra-official movement between different kinds of cloistering institutions for the purpose of changing their spiritual and social status, and a methodological essay on writing about subaltern subjects in colonial Latin American religious history. She is also completing a manuscript entitled "Troubling Devotion: Laywomen and the Church in Colonial Mexico,1630-1770" that looks at the ways laywomen’s religiosity and diverse but daily interactions with religious authorities, institutions, symbols, and ideas shaped the devotional landscape of colonial Mexico. She received a 2015 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Award to complete this work.

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