Meet the Expert

The Basics

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Middle Name/M.I.
Last Name

Professional Information

Categories of Difference
Associate Professor
Institutional Affiliation
University of Northern Colorado
Discipline of Degree
U.S. History
Biographical Sketch

I am an Associate Professor and Coordinator (chair) of Gender Studies at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley Colorado.  I received my Ph.D. in History, with an emphasis on U.S. Women’s and Gender history, from the University of Michigan in 2006, and my Certificate of Graduate Studies in Women’s Studies in 2005.  This interdisciplinary background enables me to approach Mormon history and Mormon studies from a feminist perspective, at times employing feminist theory and criticism to the Mormon past and present.  I am currently working on an intellectual biography of Mormon housewife turned radical feminist Sonia Johnson for the book series, Introductions to Mormon Thought, edited by Matthew Bowman and Joseph Spencer.  While my research focuses on gender in Mormon history, I also specialize in and have taught courses in Gender Studies; Feminist, Queer, and Post-Colonial Theories; U.S. and U.S. Women’s and Gender History; and the History of Sexuality.

Mormon Studies Expertise

Methods/ Approaches
Gender Studies, History
Chronological Focus
19th century, 20th century
Geographic Focus
United States and/or Canada
Research Topics
Anti-Mormonism, Childhood/Youth, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cultural History, Family structure, Gender/Femininity/Masculinity/Sexuality, Politics/Political Issues/Political Engagement, Popular Culture, Women's History
Key Words
Polygamy Family Feminism Biography ERA

A Foreign Kingdom: Mormons, Polygamy, and American Political Culture,
1852-1890, University of Illinois Press, 2013

“Mormons, Gender, and the New Commercial Entertainments, 1890-1920,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 16 (July 2017), 302-324

“The Church Family in the American State: Mormons and the
Public/Private Divide,” Journal of Mormon History, 37.4 (Fall 2011)

“‘Turkey is in Our Midst’: Orientalism and Contagion in Nineteenth-
Century Anti-Mormonism.” Journal of Law and Family Studies, 8.2
(Summer 2006)