Barbara Sostaita

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Barbara Sostaita

Area of Focus: Religion in the Americas


M.A.R., Yale Divinity School, 2016
B.A., Salem College, 2010

Research Interests

  • Transnational migration
  • Mexico-U.S. borderlands
  • Latinx migrant faith practices and communities
  • Social movements in the Americas

Professional Biography

Barbara Sostaita is a second-year graduate student in the Religion in the Americas track. Before coming to UNC, she completed a MAR in theology at Yale Divinity School and a BA in religion and international relations at Salem College. Having completed fieldwork in Tucson, Arizona and New Haven, Connecticut, she is interested in the role of faith and church institutions in the lives of migrants in times of transition, dislocation, and relocation. She is also a writer and blogger and her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, Latina, Feministing, Vivala, and xojane.


Sostaita, Barbara. “Making Crosses, Crossing Borders: The Performance of Mourning, the Power of Ghosts, and the Politics of Countermemory in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands.” Mediation. In Conversations: An Online Journal of the Center for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion (2016). doi:10.22332/