Patricia Fortuny-Loret de Mola received a Ph.D in Social Anthropology from University College London in 1995. She has been a full time researcher, at the Center of Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Mexico since 1988. Her line of research was centered in the 1980s on religious minorities and from 1999 onward she engaged in the study of religion and Mexican migration to the US. She published two books on religious minorities from Mexico and coordinated one on religious affiliation and modern values in Guadalajara, Jalisco. She has written numerous articles and chapters in Spanish and English, on religion conversion, migration and churches, gender, power and space and other related topics. Her research interests include catholic, protestant and other forms of religiosity amongst Mexican immigrants in the US, as well as migrant civic organization with special attention to Yucatec Mayas, and interdisciplinary work on visual anthropology on returnee Mayas in Yucatan.