Neomi DeAnda

Neomi D. De Anda, a Tejana scholar/activist and Catholic Lay Marianist, was raised between El Paso and Corpus Christi, Texas.  She currently serves as Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton. Her research interests include Latinas and Latin American women writers in religion 1600-1900; Christology; Latin@ Theology; theology and breast milk; the Intersection of race and migrations in conjunction with the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative Racial & Immigrant Justice Team; and developing a border theology in partnership with the Hope Border Institute.  She has been awarded the Louisville Institute First Book for Minority Scholars grant and fellowships from the Hispanic Theological Initiative. She regularly appears on Radio Maria ( For resources on her work regarding various social issues go to and follow her on Twitter ( OR @neomidd). For an open access interactive student led tool on Mary, which she oversees, visit or

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In 2015, the Department of Education reported that 1 in 5 women in the US is Latina. By 2060, this number is projected to be about 1 in 3 women. As a Latina, I was surprised by these numbers because I did not expect the current Latina population to be near 20% of the entire US female ...

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