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Carter Charles

Carter Charles

Assistant Professor
Church History and Doctrine

270N JSB
Provo, UT 84602


Dr. Charles is a proud natifnatal (native child) of Haiti, the first Black republic, who carries a French passport and who is teaching in the United States. He completed primary education in Haiti (in Haitian Creole and French), secondary education in French Guyana (in French, with English and Spanish as second and third languages) and higher education in Bordeaux, France. He is a tenured ESL teacher for the French ministry of education and higher education (on leave) and was a tenured faculty at Université Bordeaux Montaigne (France), where he obtained all of his degrees, including his Ph.D. (2013) with a dissertation titled "The Political Integration of Mormons in the United States, from Reed Smoot to Mitt Romney." He's authored several articles, book chapters and reviews, and of a book ambitiously titled Tout savoir sur la religion mormone (All you need to know about Mormonism, 2018).

Courses taught at BYU

  • Religion 225 - Foundations of the Restoration
  • Religion 324 - Doctrine and Covenants (First half)
  • Creole 340 - Introduction to Haitian Creole Literature
  • Creole 321 - Advanced Haitian Creole Grammar
  • FR 457R - Latter-day Saints in France (1850 to the present)

Service at BYU and beyond

  • Committee member: Religious Education “Diversity and Inclusion” (2020-)
  • Committee member: BYU Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Scholarship (2019-)
  • Committee member (2019-21): Religious Education Friday Faculty Forum
  • Editorial board member: BYU Studies Quarterly (2018-)
  • Faculty advisor (2019-): TSOS-BYU (TSOS, “Their Story is Our Story,” is a refugee awareness club)
  • Steering Committee Member (2019-2021): Global Mormon Studies network
  • Committee member (2020-) and chair (2021-22): Mormon History Association Book Awards Committee
  • Global Outreach Chair, Mormon History Association (2022-)
  • Guest editor (2022-), Multilangual edition of the Journal of Mormon History

Most recent publications:

  • (Book chapter) Carter Charles, “Theodore Roosevelt, Reed Smoot, the Church, and Religious Tolerance.” 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, pp. 205-221.
  • (Co-edited book) Rachel Cope, Carter Charles, Jordan T. 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.
  • (Book chapter) Carter Charles, “‘Thou Art an Elect Lady’: How Christ Includes and Empowers Women in Doctrine and Covenants 25.” In “How and What You Worship”: Christology and Praxis in the Revelations of Joseph Smith, pp. 194-220.
  • (Book chapter) Carter Charles, Pierre Vendassi, « 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.
  • (Journal article) Carter Charles, “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,
  • (Book chapter) Carter Charles, “Mormon Studies in France: An Academic Tradition.” In David Morris, Kim Östman, Irén Annus, eds., Mormonism in Europe: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Americana eBooks, Hungary: Szeged University Press. (October 2018).
  • (Book review) Carter Charles, Review of Max Perry Mueller, Race and the Making of the Mormon People. Journal of Religious History vol. 44, n° 3, September 2020, pp. 383-384.
  • (Book review) Carter Charles, Review of 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.

Dr. Charles and his wife, Sabrina (formerly François-Haugrin), were married civilly in French Guyana (1999) and then religiously ("sealed," in Latter-day Saint parlance) in the Frankfurt Germany Temple (2000). They have four children and live in Provo. Along with intellectual activities, he loves gardening, doing home improvement projects and anything else that makes him feel he is living by the sweat of his brow.

Languages: Haitian Creole and French (native); English (near-native); and Spanish (read, write and basic conversation); Brazilian Portuguese (read, basic oral comprehension)

Courses Taught

Carter Charles