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Bradley Kime

Current Student

Education:
Ph.D. anticipated 2020 ( Jefferson Fellow)
M.A., History, Utah State University
B.A., History, Brigham Young University (magna cum laude, Valedictorian, Honors)

Research interests:
19th- and early 20th-century American religion, irreligion, and Mormonism. Religious conflict and the ways religious communities contend with disbelief. Religion and law.

Publications:
"Infidel Deathbeds: Irreligious Dying and Authentic Disbelief in Nineteenth-Century America," under review, Church History.

"Religious Outsiders and the Catholic Critique of Protestantism in America," Religion and American Culture (forthcoming, 2017).

"American Unitarians and the George B. English Controversy," Religion in the Age of Enlightenment 5 (2015): 181–209.

"Exhibiting Theology: James E. Talmage and Mormon Public Relations, 1915–1920," Journal of Mormon History 40 (Winter 2014): 208–238.

Papers and Presentations:
2016 American Society of Church History, "Religious Outsiders and the Catholic Critique of Protestantism in America."

2015 Utah Valley University, "Mormonism and the Catholic Critique of Protestantism in America," Mormon Studies Conference: "Mormons and Catholics: From the Margins to the Mainstream."

2015 American Academy of Religion, "Religious Outsiders and the Catholic Critique of Protestantism in America."

Courses to Date:
American Religious History and Historiography; Directed Readings in American Irreligion (Hedstrom); Directed Readings in Mormon Historiography (Flake) and Gender Theory (Flake); American Religious Liberty in Historical and Theological Perspective; American Legal History; Theories and Methods; Sprituality in America; Nineteenth-Century American Cultural History; Christian Thought through the Middle Ages

Proposed Comprehensive Exams:
American Religious History and Historiography; Religion and Law; Mormonism and Modernity


Mae Speight

Current Student

Education:
Ph.D., anticipated 2020
M.A., University of Virginia
B.A., Bowdoin College

Research interests:
Twentieth-Century American Religious History, Mormonism, Feminist and Gender Theory

Papers and Presentations:
2016 University of Virginia, "Same-Sex Attraction, Sedgwick and the Saints," Virginia Colloquium on American Religion

2016 University of Virginia, "Testimonies of Same-Sex Attraction: the Emerging Mormon Discourse of Sexual Identity", Virginia Graduate Conference of Theology, Ethics and Culture.

"Same-Sex Attraction, Sedgwick, and the Saints: The Emerging Mormon Discourse on Sexual Identity." Winner of the 2016 Mormon History Association Student Paper Award for the University of Virginia.

2015 Florida State, “The Civil War in the History of American Spirituality: From Emerson to James, from ‘Oversouls’ to ‘Overbeliefs,’” Department of Religion Graduate Student Symposium.

2015 University of Virginia, “When the Indians Were Israelites: Theology and Race in the Early Republic,” Graduate English Student Association Conference.

Courses to Date:
American Religious History and Historiography; Theories and Methods; American Religious Liberty in Historical and Theological Perspective; Directed Readings in Mormon Historiography (Flake) and Gender Theory (Flake); Feminist Theory; Narrative in Ethics and Theology; Spirituality in America; Nineteenth Century American Social History; Twentieth Century American History

Proposed Comprehensive Exams:
20th-century American religious history; Mormon thought and practice; and gender studies.


Melanie Monteclaro

Current Student

Education:
Ph.D. anticipated 2021
M.S.W., University of North Carolina, Charlotte
B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Religious Studies & Psychology)

Research Interests:
How fundamentalist-evangelical Christian groups in the United States conceptualize and regulate gender and sexuality, particularly in regards to women’s autonomy and evolving ideas of sexual consent in the 20th and 21st centuries.


Joseph Stuart

Former Student

Education:
Ph.D student University of Utah (American History)
M.A. 2015 University of Virginia (Religious Studies)

Research Interests:
Opposition to the Civil Rights Movement through the lenses of race, religion, and genders.

Supervisors:
W. Paul Reeve and Colleen McDannell