Carolyn Howarter

Carolyn Howarter

2020-2021 Research Scholar and Executive Assistant

Ph.D., University of Virgina
M.A., University of Virginia
B.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Mormon Studies; Tonga; Material Culture (textiles, clothing); Dress and Bodies; Artisan Production; Money, Exchange, and Economic Anthropology; Kinship; Christianity


Mormonism and American Culture
Religious Bodies
Love, Romance, and Religion

Carolyn Howarter is a Research Scholar and Executive Assistant in Mormon Studies and earned her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Virginia in 2018. She spent a year and a half conducting ethnographic research in the Kingdom of Tonga focusing on Christianity, kinship, economics, and weaving. Her entry to Tonga as a field site and the Pacific as a research region resulted from her interest in the study of the spread of Mormonism outside the U.S. Her current research directions include Mormonism in the Pacific and the Pacific diaspora, as well as investigating connections between money, food, bodies, and religion.

Carolyn Howarter