May 2020

Meeting: Global Mormon Studies Network Business Zoom Meeting

Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 12pm Pacific Time

Contact for more information.


February, March, and April 2020

CGU administration has asked its departments and programs to cancel all events due to the COVID-19 outbreak. CGU hopes to reschedule Elisa Pulido, Taylor Petrey, and the April 2020 Mormon Studies Conference in the 2020-21 academic year.

CANCELED Conference: “What’s In a Name: The Politics of Naming in New Religious Movements”

Saturday, April 25, 2020 |

Albrecht Auditorium | Stauffer Hall of Learning
Claremont Graduate University
925 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Hal Boyd, Brigham Young University
David Howlett, Skidmore College
Kristine Haglund, former editor, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought
Melissa Inouye, Church History Department
Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Washington University in St Louis
Joseph Laycock, Texas State University
Spencer Greenhalgh, University of Kentucky
Pauline Cheong, Arizona State University


CANCELED Lecture: “Tabernacles of Clay: Sexuality and Gender in Modern Mormonism”

Taylor Petrey, Kalamazoo College

Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Albrecht Auditorium | Stauffer Hall of Learning
Claremont Graduate University
925 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711


CANCELED Lecture: “The Spiritual Evolution of Margarito Bautista, Mexican Mormon Evangelizer, Polygamist Dissident, and Utopian Founder, 1878-1961”

Elisa Pulido, Claremont Graduate University

Thursday, March 26, 2020  7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Albrecht Auditorium | Stauffer Hall of Learning
Claremont Graduate University
925 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711


CANCELED Global Mormon Studies Conference: “From the Outside Looking In: International Latter-day Saints and Their Neighbours”

Thursday and Friday, March 26-27, 2020  

Coventry University, England

See here for more details.


September and October 2019

Panel: “Mormonism and Empire”

Thursday, October 3, 2019  |  7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Claremont Graduate University
Albrecht Auditorium
Stauffer Hall of Learning
925 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Amanda Hendrix-Komoto, Montana State University
Amy Hoyt
, Claremont Graduate University
Farina King, Northeastern State University
Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Washington University in St. Louis

Over the past decade or two, the notion of “empire” has emerged as a lens historians and other scholars have used to examine religious, political, social, and economic history. Both imperial societies and colonized societies, those that have sought to colonize and those that have been colonized, have been affected by the processes of empire. This panel will discuss the concept of “empire,” debating its meanings and uses. It will also address the ways in which the study of empire might affect what we understand Mormonism to be, and how empire has influenced its development.

This event is free and open to the public.

July and August 2019


Dylan Michael Beatty, “Missionaries on Imperial Frontlines: Religious Geopolitics and Latter-day Saints during the Samoan Civil Wars.” Journal of Mormon History 45, no. 3(2019): 83-110.


Melissa Inouye, “Making Zion: Insights on Living with Contradictions from a Latter-day Saint Scholar,” Maxwell Institute lecture.

Conference Session

Bob Rees and Gloria Rees, “The Malnourished Children of Madagascar,” Thursday, August 1, 11:30am, Sunstone Symposium, Sandy, UT.

June 2019

Mormon History Association 2019 Conference

June 6-9
Salt Lake City, UT

See here for links to the program, logistics, and other important information.

Please note that there will be a Global Mormon Studies group meeting over breakfast at 7:30am in the Wasatch room.

Several papers at this conference connect to global Mormon studies.

  • Reilly Ben Hatch, “’A Relic of Gadianton’: Race, Religion, and Assimilation in the Bluff and Posey Wars.” Friday 10:30am
  • Jeffrey Mahas, “Interactions between Potawatomi and Latter-day Saints in the Nineteenth Century.” Friday 10:30am
  • Andrea Radke-Moss, “’Nits Make Lice’: The Dehumanization of Children at the Haun’s Mill Massacre of 1838 and the Bear River Massacre of 1863.” Friday 10:30am
  • Roundtable Discussion: English Translations of Mark L. Grover Interviews with Latter-day Saints in Brazil, Friday 10:30am
  • R. Lanier Britsch, “Joseph F. Smith and Hawaii.” Friday 2pm
  • Eric Marlowe, “William Mark Waddoups, First President of the Hawaii Temple.” Friday 2pm
  • Clinton Christensen, “A Century of Stories: Gathering the Mo’olelo of the Hawaii Temple.” Friday 2pm
  • Brittany Romanello, “Heavenly Father Made No Borders: Undocumented Latina Mothers’ Social Experiences in Modern Mormonism.” Friday 2pm
  • Henry Amaechi Okafor, “Isolation and Integration: Case Study of South-Western Nigeria.” Friday 4pm
  • Dima Hurlbut, “The Entry of the Reorganzized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints into Southeastern Nigeria, 1962-1966.” Friday 4pm
  • Margaret Blair Young, “‘Heart of Africa’: a Mormon Film made in the DR-Congo by Pioneering Congolese Filmmakers.” Friday 4pm
  • Roundtable: Indigenous and “Lamanite” Identities in the Twentieth Century, Friday 4pm
  • James Perry, “Isolation and Acceptance: the Experiences of Selina Martin as a Latter-day Saint Suffragette in Britain.” Saturday 10am
  • Grant Emery, “The Shepherdess and the Informant: Contrasting Responses to Wartime Isolation in Nazi-Occupied Paris.” Saturday 10am
  • Roy Prete, “Canadian Mormons: History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Canada: Model for Regional History in a Global Church?” Saturday 10am
  • Carma Prete, “Outreach at the Church History Library: The ‘Country Profile’ Program as Applied in the Canadian Setting.” Saturday 10am
  • Helen Warner, “The Lost History of the Saints in Churchville, Ontario, Canada.” Saturday 10am
  • Marie Cornwall, “Family & Friends in the Conversion Process of Early Mormon Converts in Upper Canada, Delaware, and the British Isles.” Saturday 10am
  • Jenny Hale Pulsipher, “’To identify our interests with theirs’: The Fort Supply Mission and Indian White Intermarriage.” Saturday 10am
  • Christopher Jones, “’A very Poor Place for our doctrine’: The 1853 Jamaica Mission and the Early Scope of Mormonism’s Racial Restriction.” Saturday 10am
  • Charlotte Hansen Terry, “Creating Good Mormons in the Pacific During the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries.” Saturday 10am
  • Richard Bennett, “Mormon Fundamentalism on Trial: Recent British Columbia Rulings on Polygamy in Canada.” Saturday 1:30pm
  • Elise Boxer, “Indigenous Cradleboards as Material Culture and History.” Saturday 1:30pm
  • Ian Barber, “’A Strange and Interesting Document’: The Latter-day Saint Shaping of a Prophetic Māori Covenant.” Saturday 1:30pm
  • Austin Cary, “The Effect of Negative Newsprint Media on Convert Baptism in County Durham.” Saturday 1:30pm
  • David Golding, “Alien Engraving: The Search for Gold Plates and Hungarian Atlantis in the Ecuadorian Jungle.” Saturday 1:30pm
  • Matthew DeSpain, “’With Blood in Her Tracks and Meat Like Rawhide’: Clashing Masculinities and the Beginnings of Lakota-U.S. Hostile Relations.” Saturday 1:30pm
  • Darren Parry, “What Chief Sagwitch’s Conversion Means to My People.” Saturday 1:30pm
  • Roundtable: Embodied Pedagies—Teaching Native American-Mormon History to Today’s Youth, Saturday 3:30pm
  • Jennifer Lund, “Utah’s Little Denmark: Scandinavian Identity in Nineteenth-Century Ephraim, Utah.” Saturday 3:30pm
  • Julie Allen, “Parallel Promised Lands: Scandinavian Saints in Pioneer-Era Pleasant Grove.” Saturday 3:30pm
  • Sarah Clement Reed,  “Varden (“The Beacon,”1910-11): Integrating Norwegian, American, and Mormon Identities in a Utah Vernacular Periodical.” Saturday 3:30pm
  • Philip Stover, “Isolation and Integration: The Apostles in the Mexican Colonies.” Saturday 3:30pm
  • Taunalyn Rutherford, “Integrating the Isolated: The South Asian Experience.” Saturday 3:30pm
  • Joe Chelladurai, “Once Upon a Time in Madras: Early Latter-day Saint Missionary Efforts, 1853-1854.” Saturday 3:30pm
  • Fernando Pinheiro da Silva Filho, “Fragmented History: Challenges and Perspectives Writing the History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil.” Saturday 3:30pm

May 2019

Mormon Scholars in the Humanities Conference

May 16-18
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT

This conference features a handful of papers and sessions on that touch on global Mormon themes and issues.

  • “Social and Spiritual Ecologies in Heart of Africa: Discussion and Scenes from the Film.” Thursday, 6:30pm
  • “Scrub thy Gates: Rectification of Names and the Eurocentric Moorings of the M Word.” Jenn Quist, Friday, 3:10pm
  • “Toward a Mormon Womanist Theology of Abundance: Insights from the Margins of Mormonism.” Caroline Kline, Saturday, 10:30am

See here for more information.

April 2019


Mark L. Grover, “Sprechen Sie Portugiesisch? Nein: The German Beginnings of the Church in Brazil,” Journal of Mormon History 45, no. 2 (April 2019): 115-143.

Andrew Bolton, “British Latter Day Saint Conscientious Objectors in World War I,” Dialogue 51, no. 4 (Winter 2018): 49-75.

March 2019

Decentered Mormonism Conference

March 29-30
University of Bordeaux Montaigne, France

This conference, co-sponsored by CGU, BYU Department of Religion, and BYU Kennedy Center, features several prominent scholars in the field of global Mormonism, including:

  • Carter Charles, BYU
  • Colleen McDannell, University of Utah
  • Julie Allen, BYU
  • Melissa Inouye, The University of Auckland
  • Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Henri Gooren, Oakland University

See here for conference program.

Email with questions.


Mormon Studies Review 6, 2019

This issue of the Mormon Studies Review features overviews of Mormonism in Europe, Asia, Africa, Caribbean, Indigenous America, Latin America, and Oceania. Authors include Carter Charles, Farina King, and Ian Barber.

2019 Mormon Social Science Association One-Day Conference

March 6, 2019  |  9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Utah Valley University  |  Orem, Utah

This one-day conference will feature a handful of presentations on global Mormonism:

  • Lynn England, “The Globalizing of Mormon Thought”
  • Henri Gooren, “Latter-day Saints in Haiti, Nicaragua, and Guatemala: Growth and Development
  • David G. Stewart, Jr., “Correlates of International Church Growth and Member Activity, 1965-2017: Multivariate Regression Analysis

See here for conference program