PhD Students

Teotihuacan, Mexico, 2013

Teotihuacan, Mexico, 2013

History

Jennifer K. Seman

PhD Program


Educational Background

BA University of North Texas, 2009, graduated Magna Cum Laude
Doctoral Candidate, Southern Methodist University

I am interested in the histories of race, gender, spirituality and medicine in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. My dissertation, “Faith Healing in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: Santa Teresa Urrea, Don Pedrito Jaramillo, and the Politics of Curanderismo” examines borderlands saints Teresa Urrea (1873-1906) and Don Pedrito Jaramillo (1829-1907) who attracted thousands of devout followers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border with their curanderismo practices. My dissertation is a transnational study of curanderismo as a faith healing practice as well as a political tool, and examines the intersection of state power, professionalizing medicine, and spiritual movements that informed the U.S. Gilded Age and Progressive Era as well as the Mexican “Porfiriato.”

I have presented my work at the Newberry Seminar in Borderlands and Latino Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL. (April 2013)

I am contributing a chapter to an edited volume on religion and healing in North America. (forthcoming)

I am also a contributing writer to the Borderlands History Blog:
borderlandshistory.wordpress.com

In addition to my research interests, I have served on the Graduate Student Assembly and the Women’s and Gender Studies Council at SMU, and led a discussion for the Feminist and Gender Studies Reading Group that addressed rape culture and sexual misconduct on college campuses.


Last updated 09/13