Meet the Expert

The Basics

First Name
Sharon
Middle Name/M.I.
J.
Last Name
Harris
City
Provo
State/Territory/Province
UT
Country
USA

Professional Information

Categories of Difference
Title
Assistant Professor
Institutional Affiliation
BYU
Discipline of Degree
Biographical Sketch

I am Assistant Professor of English at BYU specializing in seventeenth-century English literature with a research focus in music. I have degrees in music, humanities, and English from BYU, University of Chicago, and Fordham University, respectively. In Mormon studies I have published in Mormon Studies Review, Proceedings of the Mormon Theology Seminar, Papers of the Maxwell Institute Summer Seminar, and work from the Wheatley Institute and have presented at conferences such as Peacebuilding: Toward a Mormon Ethics of Peace, the inaugural Book of Mormon Studies Conference, Of One Body: The State of Mormon Singledom, and co-organized a seminar on sound studies in Mormonism with Peter McMurray for the Mormon Scholars in the Humanities.

My Mormon studies research has been supported by the Maxwell Institute, Mormon Theology Seminar, Wheatley Institute, and Mormon Scholars in the Humanities. My literary studies research has been supported by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Yale Beinecke Library, UCLA Clark Library, and Digital Humanities Summer Institute.

My husband, Edje Jeter, and I are the managing editors of the Encyclopedia of Mormon Arts sponsored by the Mormon Arts Center in New York City.

Mormon Studies Expertise

Methods/ Approaches
History, Literary Criticism, Performance Studies, Rhetoric/Communication, Theology
Chronological Focus
Geographic Focus
Research Topics
Church Membership, Cultural History, Drama, Family structure, Literature, Material Culture, Music, Performance, Scripture, Theology
Key Words
singles singles wards sound studies music secularism Abrahamic covenant Book of Mormon
Bibliography

“Covenant Obligation to Scripture as Covenant Obligation to Family” in Christ or Anti-Christ: Reading Jacob 7, ed. Adam S. Miller and Joseph M. Spencer. Provo, UT: Maxwell Institute Press, 2017, 111-24.

with Peter McMurray, “Sounding Mormonism” Mormon Studies Review, vol. 5 (2018): 33-45.

with Joseph M. Spencer, “Abraham, Peacebuilder,” forthcoming.