New(!) Mormon Studies Website at the University of Virginia

By December 1, 2017

This post comes from Meredith Nelson, the webmaster of the University of Virginia’s Mormon Studies website. We hope that you will find it useful!

Kathleen Flake and the Mormon Studies Program at the University of Virginia have recently launched a new website that highlights programming, events, faculty, courses in American religious history, Professor Flake’s research, and potential research topics.

In Doing Mormon Studies, we feature a large collection of video interviews conducted by Prof. Kathleen Flake with prominent scholars in 2016. James Faulconer, Terryl Givens, Matthew Grow, Kate Holbrook, Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Ann Taves, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, and Grant Wacker comment on potential research topics waiting to be picked up, on their favorite personal discoveries, on Joseph Smith, on their own academic paths, and on what aspiring scholars should keep in mind.

Our Sources for Study include carefully curated lists of classic texts, noteworthy publications, journals, reference works, and digitized sources.

One of the most exciting and unique areas of the site is our library of Mormon Studies-related Syllabi, to which professors from over a dozen universities have so far contributed. Our hope is not only to highlight what is happening at UVA, but to seed in other institutions the capacity to incorporate Mormon Studies into their courses and programs.

Finally, the Archives for our annual Joseph Smith Lecture on Religious Freedom include research papers and full video content.

We invite you to explore the site, and to Subscribe to announcements from the program if you would like to receive them. This fall we initiated our first post-doctoral fellowship in Mormon Studies, a one-year position for which we will annually seek new candidates.


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  1. To within an order of magnitude (i.e. 10 or 100), how many people are working paying jobs doing Mormon Studies?

    Comment by John Mansfield — December 5, 2017 @ 10:44 am

  2. What do you mean by “people…working paying jobs doing Mormon studies”? Someone who’s whole job is Mormon studies? Probably in the 10s, but that’s not the true purpose of the field–Mormon studies is decidedly interdisciplinary and integrated, meaning you do it as part of your academic work. So if you are defining it as academics who use Mormonism as one angle within your broader approach, which is the type of person UVA’s website is designed for, the number is well into the 100s.

    Comment by Ben P — December 5, 2017 @ 6:41 pm

  3. John, what was the purpose of your question?

    Comment by Brother X — December 6, 2017 @ 9:54 am


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