Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada joined the department of Religion in 2013 after graduating from Vassar College with honors in both the Sociology and Religion departments. Her undergraduate thesis, titled “Saints in the Streets: Marking (Sacred) Spaces of Ethnic Belonging at Urban Feasts and Processions,” received a grade of distinction. In her ethnographic field research in both New York City and Boston, she studied contemporary Italian-American feasts and processions as sites of both ethnic belonging and boundary-making. Through an analysis of neighborhood space and material culture, she proposes that this ritual act of claiming urban space creates sites of ethnic tension and exclusion. Alyssa hopes to continue to explore lived urban religion, material culture, the built environment and ethno-religious identities through ethnographic methods. She is also a member of the international honor society of sociology, Alpha Kappa Delta.