Meet the Expert

The Basics

First Name
Middle Name/M.I.
Last Name
United States

Professional Information

Categories of Difference
Visiting Research Professor
Institutional Affiliation
Claremont Graduate University
Discipline of Degree
Biographical Sketch

I hold a PhD in religion with a focus on women’s studies in religion, and I am currently a visiting research professor at Claremont Graduate University. My areas of interest revolve around the intersections of Mormon and feminist theology, the study of contemporary Mormon women’s communities, and feminist ethics. My current research examines the experiences, thoughts and perspectives of women of color in Botswana, Mexico, and the U.S.

Mormon Studies Expertise

Methods/ Approaches
Ethnography, Gender Studies, Oral History, Religious Studies, Theology
Chronological Focus
20th century, 21st century
Geographic Focus
Africa, United States and/or Canada, Latin America and/or Caribbean
Research Topics
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Colonialism/imperialism, Ethics, Family structure, Gender/Femininity/Masculinity/Sexuality, Globalization, Race/Ethnicity, Theology, Women's History
Key Words
ethnography, oral history, agency, gender, Mormon women

“Saying Goodbye to the Final Say: The Softening and Reimagining of Mormon Male Headship Ideologies,” in Patrick Mason and John Turner, eds., Out of Obscurity: Mormonism Since 1945 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).

“The Mormon Conception of Women’s Nature and Role,” Feminist Theology 22(2) 2014: 186-202.

“From Here to Eternity: Women’s Bodies, Women’s Destinies in the Theology of Janice Allred,” Element 5 (2) 2009: 1-15

“Mormon Feminist Blogs and Heavenly Mother: Spaces for Ambivalence and Innovation in Practice and Theology,” in Gina Messina-Dysert, ed., Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century: Utilizing Technology to Expand Borders (Routledge, 2014).