Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

W. PAUL REEVE portrait
  • Director of Graduate Studies, History, University of Utah
  • Associate Professor, History, University of Utah



  • PhD 2002, History, University of Utah

Honors & Awards

  • Smith Pettit Best First Book Award, Making Space on the Western Frontier. Mormon History Association, 2008
  • J. Talmage Jones Award of Excellence, "Places That Can Be Easily Defended": A Case Study in the Economics of Abandonment during Utah's Black Hawk War. Mormon History Association, 2008
  • Virgil Award. History Graduate Student Association, 04/2013
  • Ramona W. Cannon Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities. College of Humanities, University of Utah, 04/2011
  • Early Career Teaching Award. The Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence, University of Utah, 04/2011
  • Faculty Fellowship. University of Utah, 03/2011


W. Paul Reeve’s book, Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness, was published by Oxford University Press.  He is the author of Making Space on the Western Frontier: Mormons, Miners, and Southern Paiutes, and co-editor with Ardis E. Parshall of Mormonism: A Historical Encyclopedia.  With Michael Van Wagenen he co-edited Between Pulpit and Pew: The Supernatural World in Mormon History and Folklore. He is the former Associate Chair of the History Department at the University of Utah and current Director of Graduate Studies where he teaches courses on Utah history, Mormon history, and the history of the U.S. West.  He is the recipient of the University of Utah’s Early Career Teaching Award and of the College of Humanities Ramona W. Cannon Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities.  He serves on the Board of Editors of the Utah Historical Quarterly and was a past board member of the Mormon History Association and the Faculty Advisory Council of the University of Utah Press.

In the Media

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • United States of America