Meet the Expert

The Basics

First Name
Middle Name/M.I.
Last Name

Professional Information

Categories of Difference
Associate Professor
Institutional Affiliation
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Discipline of Degree
American Art History
Biographical Sketch

I am an associate professor of art history whose research focuses on the intersections of American visual, legal, and religious culture. My first book, Charles Ellis Johnson and the Erotic Mormon Image (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016) examines the work of a little-known Mormon photographer whose images of prophets, temples, and half-dressed vaudeville actresses worked in concert to mainstream the Latter-day Saints into the nation after the scandal of polygamy. A lawyer as well as an art historian, I continue to publish in legal journals, including the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism.

Mormon Studies Expertise

Methods/ Approaches
Art History, Gender Studies, History, Religious Studies, Theology
Chronological Focus
19th century
Geographic Focus
United States and/or Canada
Research Topics
Aesthetics, Anti-Mormonism, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Colonialism/imperialism, Family structure, Gender/Femininity/Masculinity/Sexuality, Material Culture, Politics/Political Issues/Political Engagement, Popular Culture, Sacred Space, Visual Culture, Women's History
Key Words
Art history photography sexuality

Charles Ellis Johnson and the Erotic Mormon Image (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016)

“Art and Gender in Mormonism,” in The Routledge Handbook on Mormonism and Gender Studies (New York: Routledge, forthcoming)