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Barbara Sostaita

Barbara Sostaita is a doctoral student at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously, she completed a Master of Arts in Religion at Yale Divinity School and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and International Relations at Salem College. Her dissertation is a multi-sited ethnography of sanctuary practices in the Americas. Focusing on abolitionist care and humanitarian aid efforts in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands, indigenous traditions and practices of protecting and sheltering fugitive bodies, and queer nightclubs as spaces of safety and sensuality, her project understands sanctuary as a set of insurgent, decolonizing, and fugitive practices. She is also interested in transnational migration, activist research methods, borderlands and border theory, and social movements in the Americas.

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