Leah M. Sarat
Leah Sarat is the assistant professor of religious studies at Arizona State University. Her work explores the intersection of religion and migration in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and the ways people draw upon religion to formulate notions of belonging, confronting the physical, emotional, and psychological challenges of the migration experience. Her book, Fire in the Canyon: Religion, Migration, and the Mexican Dream centers on the relationship between migration, Pentecostalism, and tourism in an indigenous community in central Mexico that has created an innovative U.S.-Mexico border crossing simulation for tourists. She earned a BA in fine arts and comparative cultures from Alfred University, an MA in religion and culture from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a PhD in religious studies from the University of Florida. Sarat is also a contributor to States of Incarceration, a public humanities collaboration of more than 20 universities that will produce a traveling exhibit and web platform on the history and current realities of mass incarceration throughout the United States.