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University of Wisconsin-Madison
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American religion, kinship, family, genealogy, U.S. West, Mormonism
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About Me

I am a historian of the United States, specializing in religion and kinship. The University of Wisconsin-Madison awarded me a Ph.D. in History in December 2018 for my dissertation, “All in the Family: Ecclesiastical Authority and Family Theology in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” This doctoral work received the Mormon History Association’s 2019 Best Dissertation Award.

I am at work on a book analyzing the evolution of Mormon ideas about politics, power, belonging, and masculinity in the nineteenth-century United States. Mormon people’s interest in kinship affected nineteenth-century church governance in two sects: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, now known as the Community of Christ. Leaders’ application of ideas about authority created a genealogy of power passed from fathers to sons. I argue that masculinized lineal authority—rather than polygamy—was the driving force of nineteenth-century Mormonism.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Local & Regional, Religion