Sarah Leiter is a PhD student in the Ethnology subfield of the University of New Mexico Anthropology Department. She holds an MA in Anthropology from UNM, an MA in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and a BA (summa cum laude) in Linguistics and Religion from Emory University. Her research interests center around social identification through religion, language use, and citizenship/nationality in Brazil and the United States. Her current research explores the ways in which New Mexicans of Spanish descent are claiming Jewish heritage in pursuit of citizenship in Spain. Her research has been supported by the UNM Department of Anthropology, the UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute, the Tinker Foundation, UNM Graduate Studies, and the UNM Graduate and Professional Student Association.