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Michael H. MacKay

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Department: Church History

Title: Assistant Professor

Office: 275C JSB

Phone number: (801) 422-3663

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Dr. Michael Hubbard MacKay studied history at the University of York where he was awarded a PhD in 2009. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Church History and Doctrine where he teaches early Mormon history and the Doctrine and Covenants. He is a Board Member of Mormon Historical Studies and Book of Mormon Studies. Previous to his current position he worked as a historian/writer for the Joseph Smith Paper Project and as a visiting professor for the Department of History at BYU

Recent Books:


Joseph Smith's Seer Stones

"MacKay and Frederick not only provide the single best historical overview of the function and role of seer stones in early Mormon history, but also offer a provocative (if not necessarily wholly convincing) reading of the significance of seer stones to Mormon theology." Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, vol. 26, 2017, 230. Christopher Cannon Jones

Joseph  Smith's Seer Stones       

      Interview: LDS Perspective Podcast 

Read reviews: Professor Park, Millennial Star Blog, Scriptural Mormonism Blog, Ploni Almoni Blog Deseret News

        Facebook page   BYU Religious Education Review Fall 2016 Neal A. Maxwell Institute Blog        



Sacred Space: Exploring the Birthplace of Mormonism

"I found this book to be rigorous in its scholarship and, in agreeance with Richard Bushman, found MacKay's findings and arguments plausible and persuasive." Mormon Historical Studies Vol. 17, No. 1 & 2, 367. Daniel H. Olsen, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, BYU.                                                                      

acred Space: Exploring the Birthplace of Mormonism 

        Read reviews: Mormon Historical Studies Journal Good Reads, Deseret News 



From Darkness Unto Light: Joseph Smith's Translation and Publication of the Book of Mormon

"They have tracked down scraps of information in archives from New York to Utah, from obscure nineteenth-century publications as far-flung as the Ohio Observer and the Milwaukee Sentinel, and even from much better-known sources like Joseph Smith revelations, which they have with a keen eye for detail and often-missed nuance." Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Vol. 26, 2017, 218. Matthew Bowman, associate professor of history at Henderson State University and author of The Mormon People. 

From Darkness Unto Light: Joseph Smith's Translation and Publication of the Book of Mormon 

        Read reviews: Book of Mormon Central, Deseret News, Ploni Almoni Blog, Good Reads 



Joseph Smith Papers Project, Documents Volume One

Joseph Smith Papers, Documents Volume 1, 1828-1831                          

        Read reviews: Review in the Journal of the Early Republic