Dr. Nabhan-Warren is Associate Professor and Figge Chair of Catholic Studies at the UI. She is the author of The Virgin of El Barrio: Marian Apparitions, Catholic Evangelizing, and Mexican American Activism (NYU Press, 2005) and Cursillos in America: Catholics, Protestants and Fourth Day Spirituality (UNC Press, 2013). She is currently working on two manuscripts; Latin@ Religions and the Reconquista of América is a synthesis and critical examination of U.S. Latin@ religions from 1848 to the present. Cornbelt Catholicism: Latinos and the American Heartland focuses on how both historically situated as well as ethnographically informed, community-based research can uncover hidden histories and stories. She also thinks that a focus on the Midwest can provide fresh insights into American religious and ethnic histories.
Kristy is active in the American Academy of Religion, where she is on several steering committees, including Religion and Social Sciences, Sports and Religion, and Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality. At the University of Iowa, Kristy is working with amazing colleagues to connect faculty and Eastern Iowa community leaders more intentionally.