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Steven Harper

Church History and Doctrine

210L JSB
Provo, UT 84602


Steven C. Harper is a professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. In 2012 Steve was appointed as the managing historian and a general editor of Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days. He was named editor in chief of BYU Studies Quarterly in September 2018. He served in the Canada Winnipeg Mission (1990-1991) and married Jennifer Sebring (1992). They graduated from BYU (1994). He earned an MA in American history from Utah State University, where his thesis analyzed determinants of conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1830s. Chapters were published in the Journal of Mormon History and Religion and American Culture and awarded by the Mormon History Association with the T. Edgar Lyon Award for best article of the year and the Juanita Brooks Award for the best graduate student paper. Steve earned a PhD in early American history from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He began teaching courses in religion and history at BYU Hawaii in 2000 and joined the Religious Education faculty at BYU in 2002. That year he also became a volume editor of The Joseph Smith Papers and the document editor for BYU Studies. He taught at the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies in 2011–2012. His first book was Promised Land (Lehigh University Press, 2006), a study of Lenape or Delaware Indians’ responses to a fraudulent 1737 land deal in colonial Pennsylvania. He also authored Making Sense of the Doctrine and Covenants (Deseret Book, 2008), Joseph Smith’s First Vision (Deseret Book, 2012), and First Vision: Memory and Mormon Origins (Oxford University Press, 2019), along with dozens of articles.

Research Interests

Early American religion and culture, revelation, conversion, apostasy

Teaching Interests

Foundations of the Restoration, Doctrine and Covenants, Church History


  • Ph.D., Early American history , Lehigh University (2001)
  • MA, , Utah State University (1996)
  • BA, , Brigham Young University (1994)

Licenses and Certifications

  • National Historic Publications and Records Commission, Graduate, Institute for the Editing and Publication of Historical Documents (2006 - Present)

Honors and Awards

  • Praiseworthy Award for History/Biography, Latter-day Saint Publishing and Media Association (2019 - 2019)
  • Joseph Smith Lecturer, Brigham Young University-Hawaii (2010 - 2010)
  • Harvey B. Black and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award, Department of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University (2009 - 2009)
  • Gipson Dissertation Fellowship, Lawrence Henry Gipson Institute for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2000 - 2000)
  • Juanita Brooks Award: Best Graduate Student Paper, Mormon History Association (1998 - 1998)
  • T. Edgar Lyon Award: Best Article, Mormon History Association (1998 - 1998)


  • American Society of Church History (2004 - Present)
  • Mormon History Association (1992 - Present)
  • American Historical Association (2004 - 2007)

Professional Citizenship

  • Editorial Review Board Member, BYU Studies (2007 - 2011)
  • Other, LDS Church History Department (2010 - 2010)
  • Committee/Council Member, LDS Church History Department (2009 - 2009)
  • Committee/Council Member, Mormon History Association (2007 - 2009)
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Mormon Historical Studies (2004 - 2006)

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