Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada

Assistant Professor of Religion

Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada

Phone: 269.337.7426
Office: Humphrey House, Room 107


PhD: Princeton University
MA: Princeton University
BA: Vassar College


Dr. Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada is Assistant Professor of Religion at Kalamazoo College, and received her PhD from Princeton University. She is an ethnographer specializing in Religion in the Americas, with a focus on masculinity, Catholicism, material culture, and urban religion. Her forthcoming book, Lifeblood of the Parish: Men and Catholic Practice in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is an ethnographic study that examines the religious and devotional lives of Catholic men. It explores how the parish is a vital site for the making of masculinities and how devotional traditions—and the very materiality and labor essential to their making—structure mens’ pursuit and achievement of manhood.

Research Interests

  • Religion in the Americas
  • Catholic studies
  • Men and masculinities
  • Religion in cities
  • Material culture
  • Body & embodiment

Selected Publications

Lifeblood of the Parish: Men and Catholic Practice in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (New York University Press, December 8, 2020)
(pre-order on Amazon)
(pre-order at B&N)

Maldonado‐Estrada, Alyssa. “Catholic Devotion in the Americas.” Religion Compass 13, no. 1 (January 2019).

Online Contributions

Tattoos as Sacramentals,” American Religion, September, 2019

Maldonado-Estrada, Alyssa. “Loving Saint Paulinus: Patron Saint of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.” The Global Catholic Review (blog), June 17, 2019.

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For more information, visit Dr. Maldonado-Estrada’s website.