Areas of specialization: affect, body, society, and the religious history of the modern Americas
Prof. Diaz teaches courses on religion, gender, and postcolonialism in the modern United States and Latin America.
Her current research focuses on muscular Christianity, a unique form of evangelical Christianity that emphasized the muscular male body near the end of the long nineteenth century, and its role in colonial history. By examining muscular Christian discourse involving bodily practice and affect, she asserts that muscular Christianity cannot be easily classified as a postcolonial project. Rather, the social movement existed as a complex site of hegemonic power and attempted liberations from such power.