Ph.D. anticipated 2020 ( Jefferson Fellow)
M.A., History, Utah State University
B.A., History, Brigham Young University (magna cum laude, Valedictorian, Honors)
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
Ph.D. anticipated 2021
M.S.W., University of North Carolina, Charlotte
B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Religious Studies & Psychology)
20th-century American religion, evangelicalism, and Mormonism. Gender, sexuality, and religion. Sexual violence and trauma.
Ph.D., anticipated 2020
M.A., University of Virginia
B.A., Bowdoin College
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.
Ph.D student University of Utah (American History)
M.A. 2015 University of Virginia (Religious Studies)
Opposition to the Civil Rights Movement through the lenses of race, religion, and genders.
W. Paul Reeve and Colleen McDannell