Joseph R. Stuart
Department of History
University of Utah
I am a PhD student in American history at the University of Utah. I study the intersections of race, religion, and gender in those that opposed twentieth-century Freedom Struggles.
My dissertation, tentatively entitled “Underlying Causes: Opposition to Integration and the Making of Race, Religion, And Masculinity in the United States, 1945-1980,” will examine the ways that African American Protestants, the Nation of Islam, and white Mormons opposed various freedom struggles. I argue that religion created a language for political actors who opposed immigration and reinforced racial and gendered ideologies embedded in American struggles for civil rights.
I am invested in creating communities among scholars and am especially passionate about facilitating workshops and seminars that bring academics and the public into conversation. I am director of the American Religion Seminar and co-director of the Mormon Studies Publication Workshop. The primary goals of these workshops and seminars are to increase opportunities for scholars from underrepresented communities and to help students and junior scholars publish work on race and gender in religious history.