Melissa Borja

Melissa Borja headshotMelissa Borja is Assistant Professor in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan. She researches migration, religion, politics, and race in the United States and the Pacific World, with special attention to how religious beliefs and practices have developed in the context of migration, pluralism, and the modern American state. Her book, Follow the New Way: Hmong Refugee Resettlement and the Practice of American Religious Pluralism (under contract, Harvard University Press) explores the religious dimensions of American refugee care --how governments have expanded capacity through partnerships with religious organizations and how refugee policies have shaped the religious lives of refugees. She earned a Ph.D. and M.Phil. from Columbia University, in addition to an M.A. from the University of Chicago and an A.B. from Harvard University. Before teaching at the University of Michigan, Prof. Borja was a faculty member in the Department of History at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.