My latest essays, reviews, and interviews

Today the Kenyon Review is featuring my review of Eileen G’Sell’s spectacular debut poetry collection, Life After Rugby. You can check it out here!

And here’s a list of some of my latest essays, reviews, and interviews (see the menu tabs for the full list):

 

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*American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940* wins the Mormon History Association’s Best Book Award!

simpson book coverIt was such an incredible honor this weekend to have the Mormon History Association devote a plenary session to my book, American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940. After the session, it was announced that the book had won the MHA’s best book award!

I’m so grateful to all the colleagues, friends, and readers who have been so supportive along the way. A list of all the MHA award-winners is here, and a list of UNC Press award-winners is here.

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MHA Plenary Session on *American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940*

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Tonight in St. Louis, at the spring meeting of the Mormon History Association, there will be a plenary “author meets critics” session devoted to my book, American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940I’m thrilled. The panel, chaired by Brett Dowdle, will include scholars I deeply admire: Richard Bushman, Kristine Wright, Jed Woodworth, and Thomas Alexander. Wish me luck!

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American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism featured in Religion News Service

The brilliant author, blogger, and columnist Jana Riess just published an interview with me in her regular column for the Religion News Service. Read the interview — called “When Mormons first went to Harvard…” — here!

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My new book shipping now!

 

simpson book coverMy new book, American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940 (University of North Carolina Press), is shipping now! Stay tuned for news about author events and podcasts!

(The book is available directly from the press through the link above and through a range of online retailers like amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.)

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My first book — available for pre-order at 40% off!

simpson book coverMy very first book, American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940, is now available for pre-order from the University of North Carolina Press at a discount of 40%!

Just click on this link and use discount code 01DAH40

Here are reviews included in the UNC Press catalog:

“An elegant, original contribution and a must-read for anyone interested in American religion and the life of the mind. Thomas W. Simpson’s scholarly heavy lifting–painstakingly tracing the Progressive-era Mormons who passed through American universities–forces a substantial reassessment of previous ‘Americanization’ theses. Simpson decenters polygamy (no mean feat) and places intellectual history and education at the heart of LDS navigation of both modernity and national identity.”
–J. Spencer Fluhman, Brigham Young University

American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism tells an important story of the development of Mormon intellectual life. The risks experienced by young Mormons and church leaders alike as students departed the ‘kingdom’ for education in the early part of the twentieth century is an essential and necessary part of the history of the formation of an educated Mormon community and the creation of a true Mormon intellectual community.”
–Jan Shipps, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

 

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“Recovery’s Rhythm and Blues” in Numéro Cinq

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View from the Skakavac mountain waterfall, outside Sarajevo

“Recovery’s Rhythm and Blues,” an essay of mine about an unforgettable road trip through Bosnia and Herzegovina with Goran Simić in the summer of 2014, appeared this week in the Canadian literary magazine Numéro Cinq. The essay is here, free and online.

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