PhD Students

Teotihuacan, Mexico, 2013

Teotihuacan, Mexico, 2013


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:

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