Leah Sarat

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SHPRS Religious Studies Facult
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Asst Professor


Dr. Sarat's work explores the intersection of religion and migration in Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. She received her PhD in Religion in the Americas from the University of Florida and joined the Religious Studies faculty at ASU in 2010.  Her book, Fire in the Canyon: Religion, Migration, and the Mexican Dream (New York University Press, 2013) centers on the relationship between cross-border migration and Pentecostalism in an indigenous community in central Mexico that is famous for its guided, U.S.-Mexico border crossing tourist reenactment.

Dr. Sarat is currently researching the role of religion in immigrant detention in Arizona, with the support of a grant from the Louisville Institute. Drawing upon her work on immigrant detention, she is also a participant in "Global Dialogues on Incarceration," a multi-site collaboration of over twenty universities that will produce a travelling exhibit and web platform on the history and current realities of mass incarceration.

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religion and immigration, religion in Mexico, U.S.-Mexico border studies, indigenous religions, Pentecostalism, global Christianity, immigrant detention