Born in Southern California and raised in Central America, Arce's interests include immigration and the family in
the United States, religious expressions among new immigrants, and
the interactions of religion and gender in Latina/o cultures. She
is also interested in the role of media; specifically film, on
culture and society, both among immigrant communities and the
broader U.S. society. Arce is preparing a dissertation in
GTU's Interdisciplinary Studies program, where she will
work with Sociology of Religion and Culture, Latina/o religiosity
and Film Studies to discuss how and to what extent
second-generation Latinos adopt U.S. culture and how and to what
extent they retain their parent's culture. Arce teaches Religions of U.S. Latina/os at the University of San Francisco.
Her teaching competencies also include U.S. Latina/o Film,
Sociology of Religion, Latina/os, Religion and Gender, and Social
Theory and Religion. She hopes her work will contribute towards
benefiting the Latina/o and other immigrant communities in the
United States and beyond.