MemberJake Johnson

Jake Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Musicology at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. His research focuses primarily on twentieth-century American music, and he most recently has been investigating the place musical theatre holds within communities far removed from Times Square. His first book, A Theology of Voice: Mormons, the Musical Stage, and Belonging in America (under advance contract, University of Illinois Press), considers the practice of speaking on behalf of another person and suggests that one way to study this vocal phenomenon is by examining how Mormons frame their religious identity by, and perform a unique theology through, conventions of American musical theatre. Jake is preparing another book project, a biography of renowned Los Angeles music patron Betty Freeman. This book project situates Freeman’s patronage within theories of performance studies and sound studies to explore how female patrons have used salon culture to perform a gendered identity as nurturer and mother to the artists they financially support. Other research interests include vocal pedagogy in early repertories; aging in American musical theater; the accompanist/coach throughout opera history; and the relationship between instrument design, new tonalities, and religious fervor. Jake’s research has been published in a variety of disciplinary settings, including American Music, Journal of the Society for American Music, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Twentieth-Century Music, Tempo, Elliott Carter Studies Online, and Echo: A Music-Centered Journal.

MemberJames Perry

…ng University, London, December 2017.

‘The German Pork Butchers and the Mormon Community of Dublin, 1900-1947’, British & European Association of Mormon Scholars, Lancaster University, Lancaster, September 2017.

‘Like an Island in the Sea’: European Mormon Studies in the twenty-first century’, Faith and Knowledge, Harvard University, February 2018.

‘Foreign-born Migrants in the Integrated Census Microdata, 1851-1911’, Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, Cambridge Universit…

I am a historian of modern British history. My research is split into two strands; British Mormonism, and the settlement of foreign-born migrants in England and Wales. My doctoral thesis is entitled; ‘Foreigners, Aliens, and Strangers: Foreign-born migration and settlement in England and Wales, 1851-1911’.

MemberJoanna Brooks

Joanna Brooks is a strategist, advocate, and amplifier for knowledge builders and change makers working for human equity. She believes that what is most beautiful about America is the knowledge and determination of women working for change in and across diverse communities.  An award-winning author or editor of ten books on race, religion, American culture, and social movements for trade and scholarly audiences, she has been featured in global media outlets including the BBC, NPR, the Daily Show, CNN, MSNBC, and the Washington Post.

MemberHeather Jensen

Heather Belnap Jensen is associate professor of art history at Brigham Young University. Her research focuses on women in the art world of post-Revolutionary France and transatlantic culture and Mormonism, c. 1900, and she is currently working on book projects in these areas. Jensen is the co-editor, along with Temma Balducci and Pamela Warner, of Interior Portraiture and Masculine Identity in France, 1789-1914 (Ashgate, 2011) and its pendant volume, Women, Femininity, and Public Space in European Visual Culture, 1789-1914 (Ashgate, 2014). Undergraduate courses that Professor Jensen frequently teaches include methods of art history, nineteenth-century European art, modern art, contemporary art, and women in art and visual culture. Jensen is a member of the executive committee for the BYU Women’s Studies program, where she oversees WSTAR, its faculty research group; she is also on the BYU European Studies executive committee and chairs the BYU London Centre faculty oversight committee. Jensen currently serves on the College Art Association’s Committee for Women in the Arts and is a regional representative for The Feminist Art Project.

DepositDavidic References in the Book of Mormon as Evidence Against its Historicity

This thesis critiques contemporary Latter-day Saint scholarly efforts to validate the historicity of the Book of Mormon through textual criticism by presupposing its historic authenticity, then combing the text for evidence of literary elements that may suggest ancient Hebrew authorship. Chapter 2 surveys current Latter-day Saint scholarship and arguments for internal evidence in support of the historicity of the Book of Mormon. Chapter 3 assesses the importance of King David’s influence over the biblical and non-biblical Hebrew cultural and religious identity to determine the likelihood and anticipated portrayal of the king’s appearance in the Book of Mormon. Given the Book of Mormon’s scant and peculiar nature of references to the fabled king, this chapter also argues that a competing testimony against the book’s historicity is produced. Chapter 4 offers concluding remarks.

DepositMormon Monolatry: Seeking a Historically Informed Definition of the Mormon Godhead

The Mormon concept of the Trinity (or Godhead) is a well-known theological distinction between mainstream Christianity and Latter-day Saints (LDS). While this division remains a centerpiece of their ongoing interfaith dialogue, its exact definition is notoriously elusive. Most efforts to discover a mutually satisfying definition of the Mormon Godhead have orbited metaphysics or theological disagreements while ignoring the historical elements that fueled its evolution. By neglecting the historical development of the Godhead in the Mormon tradition, researchers have been hindered in their ability to best articulate this foundational Mormon doctrine. This paper traces the contours of the theological development of the Mormon Godhead for the purpose of creating a historically informed definition of the Mormon nature of God (i.e., Mormon Monolatrism).