Category Archives: Publications on Religion and American Culture

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 … Continue reading

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

It 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 … Continue reading

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

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, 1867-1940. I’m thrilled. The panel, chaired by Brett … Continue reading

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

My 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 … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Color of Christ

Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey’s The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America (UNC Press, 2012) offers an essential and extraordinary history of the American racial imagination. It focuses on the explosion, and … Continue reading

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2013: A Blog’s Life

This New Year’s Day, gratitude for all of you who followed Wayne Street Soul in 2013. Thank you so much! Here are some highlights from the past year: “Viva Bosnia” — on the stirrings of hope in a shattered land … Continue reading

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The Next Generation of Mormon Studies

Today, a link to a short piece I just wrote for the wonderful “Religion in American History” blog, in connection with my forthcoming book Authority, Ambition, and the Mormon Mind: American Universities and the Evolution of Mormonism, 1867-1940. Enjoy! Photograph … Continue reading

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The Fast Food Chain I Really, Really Hope Isn’t Homophobic

Like its food, the recent revelations about Chick-fil-A are nearly indigestible. Oh, Chick-fil-A, I have loved you so. When my first child was born in your theme park (Atlanta), you were my first stop on the way home from the … Continue reading

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On Mitt Romney and Napoleon Dynamite: The Long “Mormon Moment”

Religion and American Culture has just published my article “The Death of Mormon Separatism in American Universities, 1877-1896.” You can check it out electronically here (full text) or on JSTOR (sign-in required for access to full text). This one’s been … Continue reading

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