What I Wrote Online, 2016

This is an index for what I wrote online this year, mostly for my own future reference. This does not include my writing for print publications. (Those are on my CV.) Most of these appeared on my blog. If they appeared somewhere else, I include the site’s name in parentheses. Featured Essays for Online Magazines Ammon…

REVIEW: Caitlin Fitz, Our Sister Republics

I blogged earlier this year about the “Continental” approach to the Age of Revolutions. Amongst the most persuasive examples of this new historiographical movement is Caitlin Fitz’s Our Sister Republics: The United States in an Age of American Revolutions (Liveright, 2016). In the decade and a half after the War of 1812, Fitz argues, Americans were…

Call for Applicants: UVA’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in American Religions

[Very happy to share this postdoctoral fellowship opportunity. Dr. Flake is one of the field’s best and brightest, UVA is a wonderful institution, and Charlottesville is an absolutely gorgeous setting. Whoever wins this appointment will be lucky indeed.] The University of Virginia’s Religious Studies Department invites applications for one full-time postdoctoral fellow and lecturer for…

REVIEW: John Turner, The Mormon Jesus

John Turner made his mark in the world of Mormon history with his well-received biography of Brigham Young, Pioneer Prophet (Harvard UP, 2012). It was with a lot of anticipation, then, that he published his most recent book, The Mormon Jesus: A Biography (Harvard UP, 2016). This is a different type of biography. Rather than following a…

Short Opinion on Mormon Tabernacle Choir Singing at Trump’s Inauguration

I am disappointed and disgusted that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has agreed to sing at Donald Trump’s inauguration. Those events are a celebration of the incoming president, not merely of the country, and the claim that the move promotes national unity overlooks the fact that Trump ran a campaign centered on the degradation of women,…

Interview with 99% Invisible on the Mormon Plat of Zion

I had the great honor of being interviewed by the wonderful people who run 99% Invisible, an immensely successful radio show on architecture and design. I provided some historical background for Joseph Smith’s (and later Brigham Young’s) plat of Zion. Originally conceived in the early 1830s for Missouri, parts of it were realized once the…

Westworld as the Internal Enemy

I have a notes document on my iPhone that keeps track of scenes from tv shows and movies that I might want to incorporate into my classes. (I’ve blogged about my use of these video clips at the Junto.) Let’s just say that I made quite a few entries while watching HBO’s Westworld this last week. (I…

Teaching Adam Rothman’s BEYOND FREEDOM’S REACH

I am perpetually on the lookout for the perfect monograph to assign in the US survey course (pre-1877). Finding something that disinterested freshman, who have no plans to major in history (at least not yet), would enjoy is a daunting task. I have a number of criteria: it has to be short (ideally less than…