Trevor Luke holds a PhD in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University. He has published articles on Roman imperial ideology and religion, Julius Caesar, and the apostle Paul. He is currently revising a manuscript on the theologization of civic arrival in the Late Roman Republic. In 2009 he presented “The Scandal in the Practice: Joseph Smith as Religious Performer” at the annual Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium. His Mormon Studies interests include folk magic and early Mormonism, Mormon temple ritual, sacred space and landscapes, the Book of Mormon as Christian epic, Mormonism and the Classical Tradition, and contemporary Mormon identities.
Trevor was born in Provo, UT and moved to Northern Virginia at the age of one, when his father took a position with the federal government. His mother raised horses on a thirteen-acre farm situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounded by the past (the family home, Selkirk, was built in 1814), he developed a passion for history. His fascination with the American West came from searching for arrowheads with his grandfather in Roosevelt, UT and watching his great-uncle divine for gold in Big Bear, CA. He served an LDS mission in San Bernardino, CA. Trevor currently lives in Florida with his wife and two children, where both he and his wife teach. His principal hobby is recording and performing experimental electronic music.