Bradley Kime

Current Student

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:
Religion and law, secularism, Mormonism, atheism

“Infidel Deathbeds: Irreligious Dying and Sincere Disbelief in Nineteenth-Century America,” Church History 86, no. 2 (June 2017): 427-457

2016 American Society of Church History, “Religious Outsiders and the Catholic Critique of Protestantism in America”

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



Melanie Monteclaro Pace

Current Student

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:
20th-century American religion, evangelicalism, and Mormonism. Gender, sexuality, and religion. Sexual violence and trauma.




Mae Speight

Current Student

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.