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Lloyd Daniel Barba

Assistant Professor of Religion, Amherst College

I am a historian of religion in the Americas with training in Latinx history; American race, ethnicity, and immigration; and the American West/Mexico borderlands. My scholarship on Mexican farmworkers in California (1906-1966) is based on oral histories and extensive archival research I've conducted. It also draws from the fields of immigration history, material culture, and scholarship on Pentecostalism and Catholicism. My more recent and ongoing research on the Sanctuary Movement (the 1980s to the present day) brings together questions from religious history and immigration studies to understand the context of social activism and politics.

My teaching incorporates these research topics but more broadly asks questions about the many communities that comprise "American Religion." I'm also deeply curious about ideas regarding the end of the world, the history of Evangelicalism, and immigration studies.

I am the author of Sowing the Sacred: Mexican Pentecostal Farmworkers in California (Oxford University Press, 2022) and co-editor of Oneness Pentecostalism: Race, Gender and Culture (Penn State University Press, 2023)


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Religion, Amherst College