Rutgers GSE CMSI

Elizabeth Vigil

Elizabeth Vigil is an alumna of The University of Texas at El Paso where she earned a B.A. in English and American Literature with a concentration in Chicano Studies and in Anthropology with a sociocultural specialization and a concentration in Religious Studies. Her research interests are grounded in contemporary ethnic American literature and use of all forms of traditional and non-traditional literature to investigate the representations of the mouth as the pathway to transnational connection of peoples. Elizabeth studies the relationship between the mouth as a transfer of cultural tradition, the use of food as a form of social control through food-shaming discourse, the transformation of tradition by younger generations who adjust cuisine and religion to fit their lifestyle, and the use of religion as a form of segregation which predates race. She will pursue a Ph.D. in Literature in the near future.