Yara González-Justiniano is Assistant Professor of Religion, Culture, and Psychology with emphasis in Latinx Studies at Vanderbilt University. She received a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Puerto Rico in Audiovisual Communications with a concentration on film, and a master's in divinity and doctorate in theology at Boston University School of Theology. González-Justiniano has served as the national director of the Raíces Latinas Leadership Institute, where she managed leadership development programming and served as an academic adviser to participants. Her research interests include Latinx theologies, cultural identity, memory studies, postcolonial and decolonial theory, popular culture and film, and popular religion.