Research

UVA is home to important research in Mormonism conducted by the Bushman Chair of Mormon Studies, by a post-doctoral fellow of Mormon Studies, and by doctoral students in the religious studies department.


The Early Mormon Marriage Project

Using computational techniques, this project analyzes early Mormonism’s construction of extended kinship ties…

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The Emotional and Priestly Logic of Plural Marriage

By Kathleen Flake, Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture Series No. 15, (Logan, UT: Utah State Univ., 2010)
 
The…

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Translating Time: The Nature and Function of Joseph Smith’s Narrative Canon

By Kathleen Flake, in Journal of Religion, 87, 4 (Oct. 2007): 497-527. 
Luther nailed his complaints…

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Joseph Smith’s Letter from Liberty Jail: A Study in Canonization

By Kathleen Flake, in Journal of Religion, 92, 4 (Oct. 2012): 515-526.
 
In honor…

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Re-placing Memory: Latter-day Saint Use of Historical Monuments and Narrative in the Early Twentieth Century

By Kathleen Flake, in Religion and American Culture 13 (Winter 2003): 69-110. Republished in Stephen C. Taysom, Dimensions of Faith: A Mormon Studies…

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Protecting the Wilderness: Comments on Howe’s The Garden in the Wilderness

By Kathleen Flake, Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 79, 4 (Dec. 2010): 863-870.
 
“AND…

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‘Not To Be Riten’: The Mormon Temple Rite as Oral Canon

By Kathleen Flake, in Journal of Ritual Studies: 9(2) (Summer 1995).
 
The manner in which the…

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The Development of Early Latter-day Saint Marriage Rites, 1831-1853

By Kathleen Flake, in Journal of Mormon History 41, 1 (January 2015), 77-103. 
It is axiomatic…

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The Bible Plus: The Four Books of Mormonism

By Kathleen Flake, in The Christian Century (Aug. 8, 2012).
 
A mix of the familiar and…

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Ordering Antinomy: An Analysis of Early Mormonism’s Priestly Offices, Councils, and Kinship

By Kathleen Flake, in Journal of Religion and American Culture, 26, 2 (Summer, 2016). 

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