The Bushman Professorship with its associated programs was established in 2013 as a permanent feature of one of the nation’s preeminent Religious Studies departments. Consequently Mormon Studies is available for study by graduate and undergraduate students as one among the many, world religious traditions. The immediate popularity of course offerings — more than 100 enrolling annually to date — indicates the increasing interest in Mormon Studies in its own right and for its capacity to illuminate other topics of research, within a broad array of historical, social and cultural themes. Under Professor Flake’s leadership and with the support of an LDS Council and others who share our vision, we are committed to:

  • Teaching Mormon Studies in a variety of venues
  • Facilitating research in Mormon Studies
  • Hosting nationally recognized events on Mormon Studies
  • Seeding in other institutions the capacity to teach Mormon Studies

We invite you to support and accelerate the realization of this vision.

Meet the LDS Council 


All donations made through the links below go directly to support the Mormon Studies Program and Professorship at the University of Virginia's College of Arts and Sciences.

When you give to the Mormon Studies Endowment, you make possible the following.

The inaugural Joseph Smith Lecture on Religious Liberty in 2015 featured an open conversation between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Professor Kathleen Flake. In September, 2016, the topic of religious majorities and minorities in America was explored by Pulitzer Prize winning Professor Alan Taylor.

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One of the best assets of the University is its extensive collection of source materials for research and study. As the program for Mormon Studies is established at University of Virginia as the premier academic center in the eastern United States, we are working to collect historical documents and artifacts, especially from the geographic area that was the birthplace of Mormonism.

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For the first time anywhere, our program is offering a post-doctorate fellowship in Mormon Studies. Each candidate will be a scholar whose research and subsequent contribution to The Academy can be significantly illuminated when viewed through the lens of the Mormon perspective. The 2017 post-doctorate fellow has been selected, but ongoing fund-raising is underway to endow this opportunity for future well-qualified students who have completed their doctoral programs.

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When you give to Immediate Impact, your donation enables the following:

Annual Joseph Smith Lecture on Religious Liberty

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Facilitating research in Mormonism

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Hosting nationally recognized events on Mormonism

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Seeding in other institutions the capacity to teach Mormonism

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Program Support

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