Graduate Student Bios

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Jessica Lauren Criales
Email: jessica.criales@rutgers.edu
Current Research: Colonial Latin America, Early American History

Jessica is a doctoral candidate whose interests include gender, religion, and indigenous practices of Christianity, particularly in a comparative framework. Her dissertation, " 'Women of Our Nation": Gender, Race, and Christian Indian Identity in Mexico and the United States, 1753-1867" analyzes the experiences of indigenous women in places like Oaxaca and Mexico City, Mexico, as well as Brothertown and Stockbridge in the United States. She has a BA in History from the University of Notre Dame (2008) and a Master's in Spanish and Latin American Linguistic, Cultural, & Literary Studies from NYU (2012). Her work has been supported by the American Academy of Franciscan History and P.E.O. International.