- First Name
- Middle Name/M.I.
- Last Name
- Media Availability
- Categories of Difference
- First-generation college graduate
- Dr. Kristeen L. Black, Independent Scholar
- Institutional Affiliation
- Highest Degree Relevant to Mormon Studies
- Discipline of Degree
- Religion and Society
- Biographical Sketch
I received my Ph.D. from Drew Theological School in the field of Religion and Society. My work focuses in Congregational and Mormon Studies. I am most often cited as an ethnographer although my work appeals to a diverse range of disciplines including ritual and gender studies. My undergraduate degree is from the University of Montana in Philosophy with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies.
Along with teaching an on-line course in ethics and values I am also a podcaster. My own podcast, “Jello Shots,” can be found on my website; beginning fall of 2018 I will be a podcaster for the Religious Studies Project.
Mormon Studies Expertise
- Methods/ Approaches
- Ethnography, Religious Studies, Sociology
- Chronological Focus
- I am not bound by time
- Geographic Focus
- Geographic boundaries do not concern me
- Research Topics
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Community of Christ (formerly Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), Ethics, Family structure, Gender/Femininity/Masculinity/Sexuality, Philosophy, Politics/Political Issues/Political Engagement, Ritual Studies, Sacred Space, Social Justice, Sociology of Religion
- Key Words
- Congregation, ethnography, sociology
A Sociology of Mormon Kinship: The Place of Family Within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (2016) Edwin Mellen Press.
Black, Kristeen L. “A Capacious Priesthood and a Life of Holiness.” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 50, no. 3 (2017).