Things I wrote in 2017

Continuing a tradition from last year, this is my attempt to categorize everything I wrote in the last twelve months. It’s been a good year!


  • “The Bonds of Union: Benjamin Rush, Noah Webster, and Defining the Nation in the Early Republic,” Early American Studies 15:2 (Spring 2017): 382-408.
  • “The Angel of Nullification: Imagining Disunion in an Era Before Secession,” Journal of the Early Republic 37:3 (Fall 2017): 507-536.



  • “Mormon Tabernacle Choir Will Usher in the Trump Era,” Religion Dispatches (January 20, 2017).
  • “Where is the Mormon Church on Trump? History Demands their Leadership,” Washington Post (January 28, 2017).
  • “The Democratic Lineage of Trump’s Ethnic Nationalism,” Starting Points (April 13, 2017).
  • “Why It’s Time for the Mormon Church to Revisit its Diverse Past,” The Conversation/Newsweek (April 22, 2017).
  • “How Funding for the Humanities Helps Public College Students Become Better Texans,” Dallas Morning News (August 3, 2017).
  • “Mormons and the Boy Scouts: Heading Down Different Trails,” Religion News Service/Salt Lake Tribune (October 17, 2017).

Published Book Reviews

  • Review of Mark A. Lause, Free Spirits: Spiritualism, Republicanism, and Radicalism in the Civil War Era (Urbana: University of Illinois Press), Civil War Monitor (2017).
  • Review of John Bicknell, America 1844: Religious Fervor, Westward Expansion, and the Presidential Election that Transformed the Nation (Chicago: Chicago Review Press), BYU Studies Quarterly (2017).
  • Review of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870 (New York: Knopf), Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (2017).

Media Interviews/Quotes

  • Max Mueller, “Not My Choir: By Agreeing to Sing at Trump’s Inauguration, The Mormon Tabernacle Choic has Enraged Many Mormons and Forced a Reckoning Over the LDS Church’s Values,” Slate (January 19).
  • Claire Provost, “Building Zion: The Controversial Plan for a Mormon-Inspired City in Vermont,” The Guardian (January 31).
  • Noémie Taylor-Rosner, “Fausses nouvelles, un phénomène aux ancrages chrétiens,” Presence (March 8).
  • Sadie Bergen, “From Personal to Professional: Collaborative History Blogs Go Mainstream,” Perspectives on History (April).

Consultant on Public History Projects

  1. Amici curie filed with the Supreme Court opposing President Donald Trump’s immigration ban. The brief was covered in CNN, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and several other newspapers.
  2. Reference booklet, “Shoulder to the Wheel: Latter-day Saints Working to End Racism and Become a Zion People.” Has been downloaded more than 1000 times.

Commentary Blog Posts

Historical Blog Posts Based on Nauvoo Project

Blog Post Book Reviews

Historiographical Posts

Year-in-Review Lists

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