To further the study of Mormonism, the University has established a nationally competitive postdoctoral fellowship in the study of Mormonism. The Fellowship seeks candidates whose research focus, irrespective of discipline, has promise to illuminate the subject of Mormonism or whose research interest would be furthered by the study of Mormonism.
The Mormon Studies Postdoctoral Fellow is required to teach two courses, one in his or her specific area of expertise and the other on Mormonism, through the lens of that expertise. We collaborate with appropriate departments and programs across the University to fully integrate the Fellow into the educational mission of the College and to build the presence of the Mormon studies program at the University. The Fellow is also expected to give at least one public lecture that is open to the community. The fellowship is extremely competitive and highly visible in the field.
2018-2019 Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer
- Ph.D., Purdue University
- M.A., University of Utah
- B.A. Brigham Young University
Mormon studies; subnational regime change; Democratization; American Political Development; Modernization Theory; State Development and State Formation; Comparative Church-State Tensions;
- Mormonism and American Culture
- Religion and Governments of the World
- Religion and American Political Institutions
- Religion Democracy and Modernity in the US
Mark Denninghoff is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Mormon Studies. His primary research interests are in subnational regime change, especially in cases where regionally marginalized religious groups adopt national political parties. His doctoral work at Purdue University focused on Comparative Politics with secondary specializations in American Political Development and History. Prior to becoming an academic, Mark served in the U.S. Army Reserves, and as a Secondary school English Teacher.
Mark’s conference presentations have drawn attention to religiously diverse social movements, sectarian conflict and party adoption, regime maintenance strategies of religious elites, and also the impact of the introduction of patronage based politics into religiously organized societies. He is currently working on a book project based on his dissertation, “Political Order in the Modernizing Mormon Kingdom: 1887-1896,” which overturns common assumptions about subnational authoritarian regime maintenance and federal state formation in nineteenth century America and explores the nuances and contingencies of modernization. He plans to unite his interests in subnational democratization, marginalized religious groups, and state formation, by focusing future research on the concepts of modernity and secularism.
2017-2018 Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer
- Ph.D., University of Minnesota (dissertation précis)
- M.A., New York University
- B.A. Smith College
Mormon studies; American and ethnic studies; critical gender and sexuality studies; U.S. history; history of
sexuality; history of capitalism; legal theory and history; popular and visual culture; queer and feminist theory and
politics; critical race theory and queer of color critique.
- Mormonism and American Culture
- Gender, Sexuality, and Politics in the Religious US
- Religion and Sexuality
- Race, Religion, and Belonging in the US