Meet the Expert

The Basics

First Name
Philippa
Middle Name/M.I.
Juliet
Last Name
Meek-Smith
City
Exeter
State/Territory/Province
Devon
Country
United Kingdom

Professional Information

Categories of Difference
Differently abled (visibly or invisibly), Military veteran
Title
Doctoral Researcher
Institutional Affiliation
University of Exeter
Discipline of Degree
Religious Studies
Biographical Sketch

My current research examines the public perceptions of fundamentalist Mormon polygamy based on media representations and what these perceptions look like when compared to the realities of fundamentalist Mormon plural marriage as it is practiced by Mormon polygamists today.

My research focuses on plural marriage within Mormon communities, both historically and today. Much of my work looks at polygamy from a social justice and civil rights perspective and at the legal history of polygamy within the United States up to and including new legal developments. I have worked with legislators to advocate for changes in current legislation in the United States.

Mormon Studies Expertise

Methods/ Approaches
Anthropology, Ethnography, Ethnohistory, Gender Studies, History, Oral History, Public History, Religious Studies, Sociology
Chronological Focus
19th century, 20th century, 21st century, I am not bound by time
Geographic Focus
United States and/or Canada
Research Topics
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Community of Christ (formerly Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), Cultural History, Demography, Family structure, Film, Gender/Femininity/Masculinity/Sexuality, Motherhood, Other Mormon Traditions (AUB/Bickertonite/FLDS/Strangite/etc.), Popular Culture, Social History, Social Justice, Sociology of Religion, Visual Culture, Women's History
Key Words
Polygamy Law PluralMarriage Fundamentalism
Bibliography

‘From Loving to Obergefell and Beyond: Plural Marriage as the Next Sexual Justice Issue’ in Intermountain West Journal of Religion Studies Vol.10.1 (2019) Link: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/imwjournal/vol10/iss1/4/