College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
  Melissa Borja
Assistant Professor

Melissa Borja
Assistant Professor

Office : Building 2N Room 222B
Phone : 718.982.2870
Fax : 718.982.2864

Degrees :
M.Phil, Ph.D., Columbia University
M.A., University of Chicago
A.B., Harvard College

Biography / Academic Interests :
Prof. Borja researches the intersection of religion, migration, ethnicity, and political development in the United States and Pacific World. In particular, she seeks to understand how religious beliefs and practices have developed in the context of migration, pluralism, and the modern American state.   

In her current project, Prof. Borja explores the religious dimensions of Hmong refugee resettlement. Using government and church documents and multilingual oral history interviews, Prof. Borja investigates how governments expand capacity through partnerships with religious institutions. In addition, she explores the meanings of religion and the practices of pluralism and multiculturalism in the late twentieth-century United States. Animating her work is a deep fascination with how new religious diversity has complicated old practices of governance and, in turn, how Americans have attempted to govern new religious diversity.

Scholarship / Publications :
She has been awarded the ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, Charlotte Newcombe Fellowship, Shawn Fellowship, Evelyn Walker Fellowship, Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, and Foreign Language and Area Studies Grant. Her research has been supported by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life; the Immigration History Research Center; the Center for the Study of World Religion; and the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History.