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Aisha Beliso-De Jesus

Aisha Beliso-De Jesus

Anthropology
Princeton University
Fellow, 2021-22

During the fellowship year, Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús will be working on her second monograph that examines the policing of African diaspora religions in the United States. This work seeks to understand how race and religion impact policing practices through African diaspora religions such as Afro-Cuban Santeria and Haitian Vodou. It will examine animal rights, human rights, religious freedom, and the policing of racialized religions. It is situated at the intersections of the anthropology of police, Africana Studies, Latinx Studies, and religious studies to re-think core issues around race, democracy, and religion. 

More broadly, Beliso-De Jesús’s work explores how white supremacy impacts global structures of power from an anthropological perspective. She is currently co-editing a book, Anthropology of White Supremacy, which brings together decolonial approaches. She is professor and director of the programs in American studies, Latino studies, and Asian American studies at Princeton University. Before Princeton, she spent almost a decade at Harvard Divinity School where she was professor of African American religions. Her publications include articles in American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, Signs, the Journal of Africana Religions, and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. Beliso-De Jesús is also the co-founder and co-director of the Center on Transnational Policing (CTP) at Princeton University’s department of anthropology, and editor-in-chief of Transforming Anthropology, the flagship journal for the Association of Black Anthropologists.