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Carter Charles

Carter Charles

Assistant Professor
Church History and Doctrine, French and Italian

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

  • REL 225 - Foundations of the Restoration
  • REL 324 - Doctrine and Covenants (First half)
  • CREOL 340 - Introduction to Haitian Creole Literature
  • CREOL 321 - Advanced Haitian Creole Grammar
  • FREN 457R - Latter-day Saints in France since 1850
  • FREN 363 - Church and State in France since 1789

Most recent publications:

  • (with Oihab Allal-Cherif, Neoma Business School, France; Anne Gombault, Kedge Business School, France) "American Latter-Day Saint Business Leaders: A Meta-Ethical, Prosocial, and Transformational Leadership." Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, vol 19, n° 4, August 2022, pp. 422-450.
  • “Theodore Roosevelt, Reed Smoot, the Church, and Religious Tolerance.” In Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC. Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah: Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2021, pp. 205-221.
  • (Co-editor with Rachel Cope, BYU; Jordan T. Watkins, BYU), “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.
  • “‘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.
  • (with Pierre Vendassi, Centre Émile Durkheim, Bordeaux, France) « Église de Jésus-Christ des Saints des Derniers Jours » (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). In Les minorités religieuses en France (Minority Religions in France), Paris, France: Éditions Bayard, September 2019, pp. 1182-1200.
  • “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,
  • “Mormon Studies in France: An Academic Tradition.” In Mormonism in Europe: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Americana eBooks, Hungary: Szeged University Press. (October 2018).
  • 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.
  • 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