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.
- “A Wall Between Church and Academy,” in Perspectives on Mormon Theology: Apologetics, ed. Blair G. Van Dyke and Loyd Isao Ericson (Draper, UT: Kofford Books, 2017): 113-120.
- “The Council of Fifty and the Perils of Democratic Governance,” in The Council of Fifty: What the Records Reveal about Mormon History ed. Matthew Grow and Eric Smith (Provo, UT: BYU Religious Studies Center, 2017): 43-54.
- “Kings and Queens of the Kingdom: Gendering the Mormon Theological Narrative,” in Mormon Women’s History: Beyond Biography, ed. Rachel Cope, Amy Easton Flake, Keith A. Erekson, and Lisa Tait (Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, forthcoming).
- “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).
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Martin Luther King Jr.’s Social Justice Vision
- How Studying Evangelicalism Prepared Me for Trump’s Alternative Facts
- Barack Obama, Eddie Glaude, and the Black Prophetic Tradition
- The Modern Mormon Athletic Image
- The Awkward Image of the Pro-Trumpian Religious Right
- Repealing the Johnson Amendment and the Meanings of Religious Liberty
- The LDS Church Distance Itself from the Boy Scouts: Some Thoughts
- The LDS Church’s Parental Employment Policy: Some Context
- Thoreau’s Resistance
- Thomas Jefferson, White Supremacy, and Last Night’s March in Charlottesville
- Combating “White Culture” in the Mormon Church
Historical Blog Posts Based on Nauvoo Project
- William Law’s Amazing (And Suspect) Diary
- The Mormon Constitution
- Joseph Smith, Sarah Ann Whitney, and the Familial Dynamics of Nauvoo Polygamy
- When a Woman Served as an Official Witness for Mormonism’s First Baptism for the Dead
Blog Post Book Reviews
- Mary Campbell’s Charles Ellis Johnson and the Erotic Mormon Image
- James Alexander Dun’s Dangerous Neighbors
- William Mackinnon’s At Sword’s Point, Part II
- Richard Van Wagoner’s Natural Born Seer
- Spencer McBride’s Pulpit and Nation
- Scott Hales’s The Garden of Enid
- Adam Jortner’s Blood From the Sky
- Eric Hinderaker’s Boston’s Massacre
- Brent Rogers’s Unpopular Sovereignty
- Max Mueller’s Race and the Making of the Mormon People
- Lincoln Mullen’s The Chance of Salvation
- Marisa Fuentes’s Dispossessed Lives
- DACA Protests, Natural Rights, Religious Protests, and Civil Disobedience in Massachusetts
- Tom Cutterham’s Gentlemen Revolutionaries
- D. Michael Quinn’s Mormon Hierarchy
- Jonathan Israel’s The Expanding Blaze
- Moss and Baden’s Bible Nation
- Thoughts on Robert Orsi’s History and Presence
- Laurie Maffly-Kipp’s MHA Presidential Address
- Barry Joyce and the Sacralization of Mesoamerican Space
- SHEAR Takes on Hamilton: The Musical
- Sarah Barringer Gordon and Jan Shipps on Mountain Meadows Massacre
- Benjamin Franklin as Christian?
- Q&A with Carla Pestana
- Contribution to JI Reading Club on Ulrich’s A House Full of Females
- Reading List for Religion and America’s Founding
- Reflections on the Summer Issue of Journal of Mormon History