Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Faculty & Staff Directory

Josefrayn Sanchez-Perry, PhD

Title/s:  Assistant Professor

Office #:  Crown Center 432

Phone: 773-708-8459


CV Link: Sanchez-Perry, Josefrayn


Josefrayn Sánchez-Perry teaches historical theology with a focus on early modern theologies, colonialism, and Indigenous traditions of Mesoamerica. He has a Ph.D. (2021) and M.A (2018) in religious studies from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.Div. (2014) from Southern Methodist University, and a B.A. (2011) in religious studies from Northwestern College in Iowa.

He is working on his first monograph, based on his doctoral dissertation, which focused on Nahua (i.e. Aztec) ritual specialists from before and after European occupation. The book demonstrates that household ritual specialists were official participants in the life cycles of Nahua city-states. It also shows how “lifestyles” and “labors” organized bureaucratic systems that sustained temple and household ritual spaces. The book embraces multidisciplinary approaches, such as Nahua ethnohistory and pictorial documentation, material culture and archeology, and theological anthropologies from the medieval and early modern periods.

Sánchez-Perry is interested in Indigenous language studies of the Americas and has collaborated on an open access Nahuatl-language curriculum spearheaded by Nahuatl-speakers, Sabina Cruz de la Cruz and Catalina Cruz de la Cruz (https://tlahtolli.coerll.utexas.edu/). It is a self-paced study of Huasteca Nahuatl from northern Veracruz, Mexico.


Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin

M.A. The University of Texas at Austin

M.Div. Southern Methodist University

B.A. Northwestern College

Program Areas


Latin American and Latino Studies Program

Research Interests

Historical Theology; Religious Studies; Latin American Christianities; Mesoamerican Religions and Material Culture; Colonialism and Mission Studies; Nahuatl and K’iche’ Languages