Meet the Expert

The Basics

First Name
Hillary
Middle Name/M.I.
Last Name
Kirkham
City
Salt Lake City
State/Territory/Province
UT
Country

Professional Information

Categories of Difference
Title
Adjunct professor
Institutional Affiliation
Brigham Young University
Discipline of Degree
Cultural Studies
Biographical Sketch

I have a PhD in Cultural Studies with concentrations in Museum Studies and Media Studies. My work intersects with Mormon Studies in multiple ways. Currently, I teach Anthropology of Mormonism at BYU. I’ve written on topics including the “I’m a Mormon” campaign and exhibitions of non-Western art at the Church History Museum. Furthermore, my dissertation included on a chapter on Carthage Jail in which I analyze how the LDS Church constructed an institutional narrative surrounding the trauma of Joseph and Hyrum Smith’s martyrdom and explore the ways in which visitors contribute to the site’s meaning. I’m currently working on a digital public history project related to Spanish-speaking Latter-day Saints in Utah.

Mormon Studies Expertise

Methods/ Approaches
History, Public History, Rhetoric/Communication
Chronological Focus
20th century, 21st century
Geographic Focus
United States and/or Canada
Research Topics
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Colonialism/imperialism, Cultural History, Material Culture, Popular Culture, Visual Culture
Key Words
Memory studies Museum studies Trauma studies
Bibliography