Meet the Expert

The Basics

First Name
Middle Name/M.I.
Last Name
Morgan Gardner

Professional Information

Categories of Difference
Associate Professor of Religion, chaplain of Higher Education
Institutional Affiliation
Brigham Young University
Discipline of Degree
Instructional psychology focus on Mormon implementation strategies in education and adminstration, postdoc in higher ed leadership with a focus on Mormon Women in leadership
Biographical Sketch

I currently teach the Doctrine and Covenants, The Eternal Family and Teachings of the Living Prophets at BYU.  Myresearch interests focus primarily on women’s in religious leadership, international education and women’s history, most specifically Latin America, and religious pedagogy.  I received my Ph.D. in Instructional Psychology. My master’s degree is in Educational Leadership and Foundations with an emphasis in international education development.  I completed post-doctoral work at Harvard University.  I served as institute director in Boston which included my assignment as the chaplain at both Harvard and MIT.  I continues to serve as the chaplain-at-large in higher education for the LDS Church.  I also serve on the BYU Interfaith Outreach Council, working specifically with Jewish, Community of Christ and other restorationist LDS groups, primarily with women.  Previous to teaching at BYU I as a seminary and institute teacher as well as a researcher for the Church Educational System.  I was born in raised in Salem, OR, served a Spanish speaking mission in L.A. California, visitors’ center, and currently reside in Highland, UT.  I am married to Dustin Gardner.

Mormon Studies Expertise

Methods/ Approaches
Area Studies, Gender Studies, History, Oral History, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Theology
Chronological Focus
20th century, 21st century
Geographic Focus
Africa, Australia and/or New Zealand, Pacific Islands, United States and/or Canada, Latin America and/or Caribbean, Geographic boundaries do not concern me
Research Topics
Biography, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Community of Christ (formerly Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), Family structure, Gender/Femininity/Masculinity/Sexuality, Globalization, Interfaith/Interreligious Relations/Dialogue, Other Mormon Traditions (AUB/Bickertonite/FLDS/Strangite/etc.), Psychology, Politics/Political Issues/Political Engagement, Scripture, Sociology of Religion, Temples, Theology, Translation, Women's History
Key Words
priesthood gender race history religiosity interfaith restorationist reorganized jewish leadership temple patriarchal preside roles empower chaplain

Edited Books

Craig Ostler, Michael MacKay and Barbara Morgan Gardner, eds., Foundations of the Restoration: Fulfillment of the Covenant Purposes (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University and Deseret Book, Salt Lake City, 2016).


Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Barbara Morgan Gardner, “Why Do You Stay?” Converted Unto the Lord:  Talks from the 2017 BYU Women’s Conference, (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2018), 81-103, accepted for publication.

Barbara Morgan Gardner, “Helping Female Students Rise to Their Spiritual Privileges,” Religious Educator, 18.3, (2017): 117-139.

Barbara Morgan Gardner, “’A Spark of Light in this Great Work:’ Maria Guadalupe Monroy Mera,” Women of Faith, Volume 4, (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2017), 160-175.

Barbara Morgan Gardner, “Living Up to Our Privileges,” in One in Charity, (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2017): 86-109.

Barbara Morgan Gardner, “Who is My Neighbor?” In the Spirit of Jershon: Blessing Others Lives in Cultural and Spiritual Unity, Marivawn Tinney and Scott Ferrin, eds., Salt Lake City: UT, Digital Image Press, 2017), 122-136.

Barbara E. Morgan, “Guide Their Footsteps Aright, Annie Marie Woodbury Romney,” Women of Faith in the Latter-days IV, eds. Richard E. Turley and Brittany A. Chapman (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book 2014), 158–170, 330-332.