Department: Church History
Office: 365E JSB
Phone number: (801) 422-3366
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Bio: Fred E. Woods completed a B.S. degree in Psychology (1981) and a MS degree in International Relations (1985) from Brigham Young University. In 1991 he earned a Ph.D. in Middle East Studies from the University of Utah with an emphasis in Hebrew Bible. He has been a BYU professor in the department of Church History & Doctrine since 1998. From 2005 to 2010 he held a Richard L. Evans Professorship of Religious Understanding. Dr. Woods has lectured at numerous universities in the United States and internationally. He is the author of many articles and a number of books. The past decade he has produced several documentaries and his most recent works with Cedar Fort are Mormon Yankees: Giants on and off the Court (2011) and Finding Refuge in El Paso (2012) which were both combined with documentary films and sold with a DVD, as a companion to these books. Professor Woods is best known for his work which focuses on the maritime segment of the story of the Latter-day Saint gathering to Zion; the sailing before the trail portion of Mormon immigration to America and he has authored scores of articles on this topic. His website Mormon Migration http://mormonmigration.lib.byu.edu/ (of which he is the editor and compiler of), is the chief source of information on this topic. His most current work, Divine Providence: The Wreck and Rescue of the Julia Ann tells the riveting story of the only ship wreck (out of thousands) which carried Latter-day Saints to America.
Courses Currently Being Taught: Global Church History, Doctrine & Covenants and the Old Testament
Areas of Expertise: Mormon migration, Old Testament (Hebrew Bible), 19th century LDS Church History, the LDS global/international church
Areas of Research (2012): Mormon Migration - I am the editor/compiler of the Mormon Immigration Index and the website: Mormon Migration http://mormonmigration.lib.byu.edu/ I am also currently writing a book and producing a film on the wreck and rescue of the Julia Ann (1855) which sunk while carrying Australian converts to America. I am working on an international project of Icelandic Mormon History in Utah and Iceland with Iceland scholar, Kari Bjarnason. I am also doing research on the leprosy settlement known as Kalaupapa on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. I also am actively involved with interfaith dialogue. In addition, I am currently writing articles on Abraham, contact between the LDS missionaries and the London Missionary Society as well as conducting research on Mormon immigration to America during the Civil War. My last two books/documentaries are Mormon Yankees: Giants on and off the Court which was published in Spring 2012 and Finding Refuge in El Paso: The 1912 Mormon Exodus from Mexico, which will be released by November 1, 2012.
Languages: Currently a moderate reading knowledge of Biblical Hebrew and have studied ten other languages for reading purposes.