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Virginia Garrard-Burnett is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, where she has been a faculty member since 1990. Her research interests include historic memory and human rights during the Cold War in Latin America, contemporary Central American history, religious movements and ethnic identity in Latin America, and the intersection of religion and politics in Latin America. Garrard-Burnett is currently co-editing the three-volume Cambridge History of Religion in Latin America and co-author of the forthcoming History of Modern Latin America. Her previous works include Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala Under General Efraín Ríos Montt, 1982-1983 (2010) and Protestantism in Guatemala: Living in the New Jerusalem (1998). Garrard-Burnett received her Ph.D. in History from Tulane University.