Graduate Student Research Showcase
The graduate students in the American Studies program at Purdue produce forward-thinking original scholarship and creative productions that push the boundaries of American Studies as a field, as well as that of the various disciplines with which they engage. This page regularly showcases these young scholars and their current interdisciplinary research.
My work examines transnational networks between an Indonesian Pentecostal, Charismatic megachurch and Christian institutions in the United States. Interested in “archives of America abroad” (Edwards and Gaonkar, 2010) through archival and ethnographic studies, I analyze the malleability of Charismatic religious values as they travel from the United States abroad (and back), and as these values intersect with local politics, socioeconomic conditions, and cultures. My work highlights the roles of Indonesian immigrant congregations, particularly in Southern California, in this history of religious connections across borders. My work also highlights the roles of women and youth leaders in bringing a new level of intersections between religious values, entrepreneurship, and the arts.