Meet the Expert

The Basics

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

Professional Information

Categories of Difference
Assistant Professor
Institutional Affiliation
University of the Pacific
Discipline of Degree
Women's Studies in Religion
Biographical Sketch

I hold a PhD from Claremont Graduate University in Women’s Studies in Religion. I am drawn to intellectual conversations that center around issues of gender, religion and social justice. My current research examines reconciliation after national conflict and how this influences women’s religious commitments. I focus on Protestant, Mormon and Muslim women. I also appreciate the intersection of feminist theory, religion and ethics. Previously, I have published on masculinity in the early LDS church, the feminist theoretical category of agency and Mormon Studies in Africa.

Mormon Studies Expertise

Methods/ Approaches
Ethnography, Gender Studies, History, Oral History, Religious Studies, Theology
Chronological Focus
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Geographic Focus
Africa, United States and/or Canada
Research Topics
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Colonialism/imperialism, Ethics, Family structure, Gender/Femininity/Masculinity/Sexuality, Globalization, Motherhood, Philosophy, Social Justice, Theology, Women's History
Key Words
ethnography masculinity conflict reconciliation agency

“Mormon Studies in Africa,” in Mormon Studies Review, 2018, volume 5 (forthcoming December 2018).

“Kate Holbrook and Matthew Bowman, eds., Women and Mormonism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives,” reviewed by Amy Hoyt in Mormon Studies Review, 2017, volume 4, p. 108-113.

“Mormon Masculinity: Changing Gender Expectations in the Era of Transition from Polygamy to Monogamy, 1890– 1920” (co-authored with Sara M. Patterson) Gender & History 23:1 (April 2011), 72–91.

“Reconceptualizing Agency” in Element: a Journal of Mormon Philosophy and Theology, 4:2, fall 2008.

“Beyond the Victim/Empowerment Paradigm: The Gendered Cosmology of Mormon Women” Feminist Theology, 16:1, 2007.