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Jason Dormady

Assistant Professor

Jason Dormady is a native of Montana.   A first generation college student, former farm worker, and former graphic designer, Dr. Dormady developed an appreciation for Latin America while living in the San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles in California where he learned Spanish and came to appreciate the similarities of rural people in urban settings.  His academic interests include popular interpretations of revolution, issues surrounding religion, sacred space, community formation, and the problems of empires.  He is currently working on a project that looks at religion and hygiene in post-revolutionary Mexico, an edited collection on Mormons in Mexico, as well as an examination of popular US perceptions of Mexican anti-clericalism.  His archival work in Mexico is primarily carried out in Guadalajara, Edo. Mex, DF, and Morelos. 

Education:

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

  • High Honors / Phi Kappa Phi

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

  • UC Regents Fellowship
  •  Doctoral Fields: Modern Mexico, Latin America, Borderlands, World History

 

Courses taught:

Mexico; Colonial and Modern Latin America; Religion in Latin America; Revolution in Latin America; Latin America Through Art, Film, and Music; Graduate topics in Religion and World History; Tropics and the Modern World; World Civilization Surveys.

Scholarship:

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

“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.

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

“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.

Religion, Rights and Local Justice in Mexican Intentional Communities, 1920-1964 (CD) Pitt, Latin American Studies Association, 2006.

Book reviews published in:

Bulletin of Latin American Research
Canadian Journal of Latin American Studies
History: Reviews of New Books
The Americas
MIT Journal of Interdisciplinary Thought
H-Net
The Journal of East Texas History

Film and Music reviews published with:

Clio’s Eye: A Film and Audiovisual Magazine for the Historian.

Conference Presentations:

Latin American Studies Association, American History Association, Rocky Mountain Conference of Latin American Studies, World History Association, SFA Latin American Studies Conference, and the East Texas Historical Association.