Virginia Garrard-Burnett

Virginia Garrard-Burnett received her Ph.D in History from Tulane University and has been on the faculty at The University of Texas since 1990. She is author of Terror in the Land of The Holy Spirit: Guatemala Under General Efraín Ríos Montt, 1982-1983 (Oxford, 2010); Viviendo en La Nueva Jerusalem (Guatemala: Editorial Piedra Santa, 2009), Protestantism in Guatemala: Living in the New Jerusalem (University of Texas Press, 1998).

She has also co-edited multiple volumes, including On Earth as it is in Heaven: Religion and Society in Latin America and Rethinking Protestantism in Latin America. Most recently she also co-edited the Cambridge History of Religion in Latin America with Paul Freston.


  • Time and the Maya Apocalypse: Guatemala, 1982 and 2012

    December 21, 2012 is the day the Maya calendar re-starts—heralding the apocalypse, doom-sayers claim. 'But what if the Maya's apocalypse already happened?' asks Virginia Garrard-Burnett in this exploration of violence, Pentecostalism, indigenous millenarianism, and hope in Guatemala during the 1970s and 1980s.

    Published December 21, 2012 in Issue Vol. 1, No. 1