Meet the Expert

The Basics

First Name
Middle Name/M.I.
Last Name

Professional Information

Categories of Difference
First-generation college graduate
Dr. Kristeen L. Black, Independent Scholar
Institutional Affiliation
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).