Field: U.S. Religion/Mormon History 

Thematic Interest: Intellectual History 

Contact Info:

fluhman@byu.edu​
2133 JFSB
(801) 422-2372

Current Classes:
                      ON LEAVE
Classes Taught:
  • HIST 220: U.S. History to 1877
  • HIST 364: Utah History
  • HIST 380: U.S. Religious History Since 1860
  • HIST 394: Scripture: An American History (in development)
  • HIST 490: Capstone Research Seminar (in development: U.S. Religion Since 1860)
Publications:
“A Peculiar People”: Anti-Mormonism and the Making of Religion in Nineteenth-Century America, published by the University of North Carolina Press
 


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Biography

J. Spencer Fluhman is associate professor of history at Brigham Young University, where he teaches American religious history. He graduated summa cum laude from BYU and received masters and doctoral degrees in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research takes up the question of religious identity and the intersection of religion and politics in the United States. He has held fellowships from the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture (IUPUI) and the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History (BYU). His work has appeared in the New York Times, Journal of Religion and Society, Journal of Mormon History, BYU Studies Quarterly, and Mormon Historical Studies. His article, "An 'American Mahomet': Joseph Smith, Muhammad, and the Problem of Prophets in Antebellum America," (Journal of Mormon History, 2008) won the T. Edgar Lyon Award for Best Article of the Year from the Mormon History Association in 2009. He is currently editor of the Mormon Studies Review. His book, “A Peculiar People”: Anti-Mormonism and the Making of Religion in Nineteenth-Century America, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2012 and won the Mormon History Association’s “Best First Book Award” in 2013. In 2014, he won the Mollie & Karl Butler Young Scholar Award in Western Studies from the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies.​

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