Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith was brought up an evangelical Protestant of the rock-n-rolling, tongues-speaking, hands-raising variety. He investigated Mormonism for a time in high school, prying himself out of bed before sunrise for several months to attend early morning seminary. Though he never joined the Church, he remained interested in Mormonism throughout his undergraduate and graduate studies. In 2016 Chris received a PhD in Religion from Claremont Graduate University after completing a dissertation on a Mormon topic. He is now a postdoctoral fellow at Utah State University.

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Chris’s doctoral dissertation chronicled the Mormon conquest of native lands and peoples on the Wasatch Front from 1847 to 1852. He has also written, presented, and published on Mormon mysticism, polygamy, politics, and organized crime. More broadly, he studies the historical intersections between religion and violence, politics, philosophy, and culture. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Religion and Society, Journal of Mormon History, John Whitmer Historical Association Journal, Dialogue, Sunstone, and the Claremont Journal of Mormon Studies.

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