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Melissa May Borja

Department of History
College of Staten Island, City University of New York

     Prof. Borja is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. She earned her Ph.D. at Columbia University and also holds degrees from the University of Chicago and Harvard University. She researches the intersection of religion, migration, ethnicity, and political development in the United States and Pacific World. In particular, she seeks to understand how religious beliefs and practices have developed in the context of migration, pluralism, and the modern American state. In her current project, Prof. Borja explores the religious dimensions of Hmong refugee resettlement. Using government and church documents and multilingual oral history interviews, Prof. Borja investigates how governments expand capacity through partnerships with religious institutions. In addition, she explores the meanings of religion and the practices of pluralism and multiculturalism in the late twentieth-century United States. Animating her work is a deep fascination with how new religious diversity has complicated old practices of governance and, in turn, how Americans have attempted to govern new religious diversity.



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