Meet the Expert

The Basics

First Name
Middle Name/M.I.
Last Name
St. Louis
United States

Professional Information

Categories of Difference
Archer Alexander Distinguished Professor of Religion and Politics
Institutional Affiliation
John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis
Discipline of Degree
U.S. History
Biographical Sketch

My teaching focus on African American religions, Mormonism, religion on the Pacific borderlands of the Americas, and issues of intercultural contact. My publications include: Religion and Society in Frontier California (Yale University Press, 1994); articles on Mormon-Protestant conflicts in the Pacific Islands, African-Americans in Haiti and Africa, and Protestant outreach to Chinese immigrants in California; a volume of essays entitled Practicing Protestants: Histories of Christian Life in America, 1630-1965 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006) with Leigh Schmidt and Mark Valeri; a co-edited collection of essays about Mormonism in the Pacific World, Proclamation to the People: Nineteenth-Century Mormonism and the Pacific Basin Frontier, (University of Utah press, 2008). Most recently I authored Setting Down the Sacred Past: African-American Race Histories (Harvard University Press, 2010); American Scriptures, a Penguin Classics anthology of sacred texts (Penguin, 2010); and Women’s Work, a co-edited collection of writings by African-American women historians (Oxford University Press, 2010). Currently I am working on a survey of Mormonism in American life that will be published by Basic Books.


Mormon Studies Expertise

Methods/ Approaches
History, Religious Studies
Chronological Focus
19th century, 20th century
Geographic Focus
Australia and/or New Zealand, Pacific Islands, United States and/or Canada
Research Topics
Colonialism/imperialism, Critical Race Studies, Globalization, Missions/Missiology, Politics/Political Issues/Political Engagement, Race/Ethnicity, Scripture, Women's History
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