Dr. Melissa Gormley, PhD

Dean & Professor

160B Gardner Hall

Ph.D. History, University of California, Davis
M.A. History, San Francisco State University
B.A. History, San Francisco State University


  • Latin American intellectual and cultural history
  • History of the Atlantic World
  • Gender and Women’s History
  • African Diaspora and World History


  • HIST 2020: World Civilization II
  • HIST 3660: Colonial Latin American History
  • HIST 3670: Modern Latin American History
  • HIST 3650: Women & Gender in Latin American History
  • HIST 3640: Modern African History

Recent Publications:

  • Review of The Ailing City: Health, Tuberculosis, and Culture in Buenos Aires, 1870-1950 by Diego Armus. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 3 (2012): 507-508.
  • “To Educate and Protect: Politicians, Nurses and Poor Women in Rio de Janeiro, 1930-1945.” Revista de Historia Iberoamericana 3, no. 2 (2010): 22-46.
  • Review of From Slavery to Freedom in Brazil, 1825-1900 by Dale Torston Graden. Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 9, no.1 (2008).

Current Project:

  • In preparation: Female Bodies/State Desires: Women, Modernity and the Brazilian State, working title. Book-length manuscript.