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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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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.

On the more personal side of things, Carter Charles was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He grew up in Arcahaie, a costal town about forty-five minutes north of the capital, also known, for historical reasons, as "La ville du drapeau" (the city of the Haitian flag). His relatives on his mother's side include both devout Christians and Vodou practitioners, including Vodou priests among his distant cousins. At the age of 15, Carter Charles was smuggled under a different identity to French Guyana, in South America, where his mother had emigrated. Once there, he immediately regained his true identity because he did not feel comfortable being someone else. It is in that country that he became a Latter-day Saint (1996); and it is also from there that he went on a mission, from 1997 to 1999, serving in the Haiti Port-au-Prince Mission for 8 months before he was reassigned to the West Indies Mission. Carter Charles also met his future wife, Sabrina François-Haugrin, while living in French Guyana. They were married shortly after he returned from his mission. Their four children, two boys and two girls, range in age from 16 down to 3.

When he is not doing intellectual work or spending time with his family, Carter Charles enjoys doing manual works because that reminds him of his hard-working grand-father and makes him feel he is living by the sweat of his brow.