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. Maldonado-Estrada is Assistant Professor of Religion at Kalamazoo College where she teaches classes on religion and masculinity, Catholics in the Americas, urban religion, and religions of Latin America. She is an ethnographer and her research focuses on material culture, contemporary Catholicism, and gender and embodiment. She is the author of Lifeblood of the Parish: Men and Catholic Devotion in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (NYU Press, 2020), an ethnography about masculinity and men’s devotional lives in a gentrified neighborhood in New York City. Maldonado-Estrada is currently working on a project about devotional technologies that explores Catholic entrepreneurs and innovation. She is co-chair of the Men and Masculinities Unit at the American Academy of Religion and serves on the editorial board of the journal American Religion. She was chosen for 2020-2022 cohort of Young Scholars in American Religion at IUPUI’s Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture. She received her Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University and her B.A. in Sociology and Religion from Vassar College.

Research Interests

  • Religion in the Americas
  • Catholic Studies
  • Men and Masculinities
  • Urban Religion
  • Material Culture
  • Body & Embodiment

Selected Publications

Lifeblood of the Parish: Men and Catholic Practice in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (New York University Press, December 8, 2020)
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Men, Tattoos, and Catholic Devotion in BrooklynMaterial Religion, May 26, 2020, 1-20

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 about Dr. Maldonado-Estrada
visit her website.