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Jason Dormady

Professor of History

Headshot of Dr. Jason DormadyJason 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.

Blueprint of a house from Guadalajara, Mexico



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

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

Courses taught:

History Undergraduate Courses: Mexico; Colonial and Modern Latin America; Religion in Latin America; Narcotics in World History; Latin America Through Art, Film, and Music; Tropics and the Modern World

Graduate topics in Mexican, Latin American, Religious and World History

Latin American Studies courses: Mexican Cultural Studies; Latin American Urban Society; Introduction to Latino/Latin American Studies

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: The 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

"Pleito y Piedad: Clerical / Parishioner Conflict in Rural Morelos" in Imagining Latinidad: Digital Diasporas and Public Engagement Among Latin American Migrants. David Ramírez Plasencia and David Dalton, Eds. Brill, 2022. 

"God, Cleanliness, and the City: Local Uses of Hygiene 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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