Meet Jessica Delgado – New LAO Associated Faculty Member

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, and the intersection between social and spiritual status in the early modern world. Her work on laywomen’s use of ecclesiastical courts to resolve domestic and marital disputes has appeared in Colonial Latin American Review, and she is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Troubling Devotion: Laywomen and the Church in Colonial Mexico.

She is currently teaching an undergraduate seminar called, “Religion, Gender, and Sexuality in Early Latin America,” and a graduate seminar called “Religion and Church in Mexican History.” In the spring, she will be teaching a lecture course called, “Histories and Themes in Mexican Religion.” Jessica Delgado is also affiliated with the Center for the Study of Religion and runs the Religion and Culture workshop for CSR fellows.