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Carter Charles

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Department: Church History

Title: Assistant Professor

Office: 270N JSB

Phone number: (801) 422-2045

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A native of Haiti, Carter Charles joined the department of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University in 2018. Prior to that, he was a tenured faculty at Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France, with a joint appointment in the departments of Anglophone Studies (teaching specifically American Studies) and of Applied Modern Language (teaching translation and cross cultural business). All of his degrees, to wit a B.A, two M.As, and his PhD, were also obtained at Université Bordeaux Montaigne. As may be inferred from the title of his dissertation, "L'intégration politique des mormons aux Etats-Unis, de Reed Smoot at Mitt Romney" (The Political Integration of the Mormons in the United States, from Reed Smoot to Mitt Romney), his research interest has mostly been at the intersection of sociology of religion, history, religious interactions and politics in the United States, with special emphasis on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its adherents.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (since joining the Department of Church History and Doctrine at BYU)

Book and book chapters

  • Charles, Carter. “Mormon Studies in France: An Academic Tradition.” In David Morris, Kim Östman, Irén Annus, eds., Mormonism in Europe: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Hungary: Americana eBooks, Szeged University Press, October 2018, pp. 179-195.
  • Charles, Carter and Vendassi, Pierre. « Église de Jésus-Christ des Saints des Derniers Jours » (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). In Anne-Laure Zwilling et. al. (eds.), Les minorités religieuses en France (Minority Religions in France), Paris, France: Éditions Bayard, September 2019, pp. 1182-1200.
  • Charles, Carter. “'Thou Art an Elect Lady': How Christ Includes and Empowers Women in Doctrine and Covenants 25.” In Rachel Cope, Carter Charles, Jordan Watkins (eds.), “How … and What You Worship”: Christology and Praxis in the Revelations of Joseph Smith. Provo and Salt Lake City: Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, October 2020, pp. 194-220. (More here)
  • Rachel Cope, Carter Charles, Jordan Watkins (eds.), “How … and What You Worship”: Christology and Praxis in the Revelations of Joseph Smith. Provo and Salt Lake City: Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, October 2020.
  • Charles, Carter. “Theodore Roosevelt, Reed Smoot and the Church.” In Kenneth L. Alford, Lloyd D. Newell, and Alexander L. Baugh (eds.), Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC: A Regional Studies Volume. Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah: Religious Studies Center / Deseret Book, 2021 (forthcoming).

Articles and book reviews

  • Charles, Carter. “Mormon Studies in Latin America and the Caribbean: State of the Field as of 2018.” Mormon Studies Review, vol. 6, 2019, pp. 17–24. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/10.18809/mormstudrevi.6.2019.0017.
  • Charles, Carter. Review - Quincy D. Newell, Your Sister in the Gospel: The Life of Jane Manning James, a Nineteenth-Century Black Mormon. BYU Studies Quarterly vol. 58, no. 4, 2019, pp. 161-164.
  • Charles, Carter. Review -  Max Perry Mueller, Race and the Making of the Mormon People. Journal of Religious History vol. 44, no 3, September 2020, pp. 383-384.