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Jason Dormady

Associate Professor

Jason Dormady's academic interests include popular interpretations of revolution, as well as issues surrounding religion, sacred space, and community formation. His current project examines popular interpretations of urban planning and hygiene, as well as the work of female property owners and developers in Guadalajara, Mexico, during the 1940s.



B.A./History – University of Montana, 1999

Ph.D. / MA – University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007

Courses taught:

Mexico; Colonial and Modern Latin America; Religion in Latin America; Narcotics in World History, Latin American Studies courses in Mexican Cultural Studies and Latin American Urban Society, Latin America Through Art, Film, and Music; Graduate topics in Religion and World History; Tropics and the Modern World; World Civilization Surveys.

Selected Scholarship:


Love Letters to La Perla: Place and Space in Golden Age Guadalajara, 1939-1947,  under contract with University of Nebraska Press.

Just South of Zion: Mormons in Mexico and Its Borderlands.  Editor with Jared Tamez (UTEP) and contributor.  University of New Mexico Press, 2015.

Primitive Revolution: Restorationist Religion and the Idea of the Mexican Revolution, 1940-1968. University of New Mexico Press, 2011.

Chapters and Articles

"God, Cleanliness, and the City: Local Uses of Hygeiene and Anticlerical Language in Religious Conflict - Guadalajara, Mexico 1939 to 1942." December 2020 in The Latin Americanist.

Dear Mr. Calles: US Protestant Interpretations of the Cristero War, 1926 and 2012." Spring, 2020 in Fides Et Historia.

“Mennonite Colonization in Mexico and the Pendulum of Modernization, 1920-2013” in Mennonite Quarterly Review, April, 2014.

“Disobedience, rebelliousness, … and discontent” Parishioner / Clerical Disputes in Tepalcingo, Morelos, 1937-1946. SCOLAS Journal, Spring, 2014.

“Rights, Rule, and Religion: Old Colony Mennonites and Mexico’s Transition to the Free Market, 1920-2000,” in Religious Culture in Modern Mexico. Rowman and Littlefield, 2007.

"On Tour in the U.S. West with the World History Survey" The Middle Ground Journal, Number 10, Spring, 2015.

Book reviews published in:

Bulletin of Latin American Research
Canadian Journal of Latin American Studies
History: Reviews of New Books
The Americas

The Latin Americanist
MIT Journal of Interdisciplinary Thought
The Journal of East Texas History
Pacific Historical Review

Catholic Historical Review

Conference Presentations:

Latin American Studies Association, American Society of Church History, American History Association, Society for the History of Women in the Americas, Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies, Southeastern Council for Latin American Studies, World History Association, and the SFA Latin American Studies Conference.

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