I was born and raised in the desert area of Southern California. I was the fourth of ten children and raised in an active Latter-day Saint family. I served a mission in Vienna, Austria. I graduated from BYU in German and health science. Subsequently I received an MA from BYU and a PhD from the University of Utah. My doctoral studies focused on the history and formation of universities in America, with particular emphasis on the influence of religion in higher education.
Courses Taught: Book of Mormon, New Testament, Old Testament
Areas of Expertise: Secularization of higher education, the historical path of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, moral foundations of knowledge, academic freedom, and broad-based studies in all ancient scripture areas
Areas of Research: Currently I am researching the physical events (miracles) in the production of the Book of Mormon. A second project that I am beginning is a history of change within the Community of Christ Church, formerly called the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Languages: I am fluent in German and can read basic Spanish.
Research InterestsI have always been interested in organization change. My dissertation was on the secularization processes at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Currently I am focusing on the organizational changes in the Community of Christ church (RLDS) with the primary focus on the last 7 decades.
Teaching InterestsI especially am drawn to the teaching enterprise. I love to explore religious history and especially the history of the LDS faith. My favorite texts to teach are the Book of Mormon and the New Testament.
Honors and Awards
- Ephraim Hatch Teaching Fellowship, Religious Education/University Awards Committee (2011 - 2014)
- John Whitmer Historical Association (2011 - 2014)
- Mormon Historical Association (2011 - 2013)
- Committee/Council Member, John Whitmer Historical Association (2017 - Present)