Creative Research

Presentations

  • “‘I Felt that he had Negro Blood in Him’: Nelson Holder Ritchie, DNA, and Latter-day Saint Racial Passages,” Western History Association Conference, Digital. Conference Paper, Presented, 10/17/2020.
  • “The Americanization of Utah, 1890-1920,” Annual State Judicial Conference, Digital, 24 September 2020. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/24/2020.
  • “‘I Dug the Graves’: Isaac Lewis Manning, Joseph Smith, and Racial Connections in Two Latter Day Saint Traditions,” Joseph Smith Papers, Digital Conference. Conference Paper, Presented, 09/18/2020.
  • “Understanding Utah Territory’s Act in Relation to Service,” Utah State Historical Society, Digital Conference. Conference Paper, Presented, 08/2020.
  • State of the Field Discussion: Race and Mormon History, Mormon History Association, Digital Conference. Presentation, Presented, 06/2020.
  • “An Act in Relation to Service,” Utah Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Conference, Sandy, Utah, 28 September 2019. Conference Paper, Presented, 09/28/2019.
  • A Spiritual Home: Building Bridges for Sexual and Gender Minorities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Conference Sponsor, 27-28 September 2019. Other, Presented, 09/27/2019.
  • “Reconstruction, Religion, and the West: The Great Impeacher Meets the Mormons,” Mormon History Association, Presidential Address, Salt Lake City, Utah, 8 June 2019. Conference Paper, Presented, 06/08/2019.
  • “A Century of Black Mormons: Early Insights from the Data,” Keynote Address, Practicing History Conference, History Department, University of Utah, 21 March 2019. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/21/2019.
  • W. Paul Reeve (2019) “Century of Black Mormons: A Preliminary Interpretation of the Data,” Current Research in Digital History, 2019, Conference, George Mason University, 9 March 2019. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/09/2019.
  • W. Paul Reeve (2019) “Not to make any Special Effort to Convert Them”: Dampening Mormon Missionary Zeal among People of Black African Descent,” American Society of Church History Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 3 January 2019. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 01/03/2019.
  • “Century of Black Mormons: A Public History Partnership,” with Anna Neatrour, Digital Matters, University of Utah, 4 December 2018. Presentation, Presented, 12/04/2018.
  • “Century of Black Mormons,” Sons of the Utah Pioneers, South Jordan Chapter, South Jordan, Utah, 12 November 2018. Presentation, Presented, 11/12/2018.
  • “Race and Latter-day Saint History: Toward a Social Justice Response,” David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, Book of the Semester, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 7 November 2018. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/07/2018.
  • “‘To Save this Fallen Race’: Debating Racial Salvation at the 1852 Utah Territorial Legislature,” Western History Association Conference, San Antonio, Texas, 18 October 2018. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/18/2018.
  • “The Latter-day Saint Racial Story in Context: Explanation is not Justification,” 40 Years: Commemorating the 1978 Priesthood and Temple Revelation, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 12 October 2018. Conference Paper, Presented, 10/12/2018.
  • “Century of Black Mormons,” College of Humanities, Alta Club, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 September 2018; Cottonwood Heights, 11 November 2018. Presentation, Presented, 09/24/2018.
  • “Mormonism, Race, Priesthood, and the Temple: The Road to 1978 and Beyond” Panelist, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 20 September 2018. Presentation, Presented, 09/20/2018.
  • “Rethinking Pioneer Day,” Opening Plenary, Sunstone Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26 July 2018. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/26/2018.
  • Black, White, and Mormon II: A Conference on Race in the LDS Church since the 1978 Revelation, Conference Co-Organizer, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 29 – 30, 2018. Other, Presented, 06/30/2018.
  • “The Long-Promised Day Forty Years Later: Lessons from the Archives on Race, Priesthood, and Temples,” Black, White, and Mormon II, 30 June 2018. Presentation, Presented, 06/30/2018.
  • “‘To Save this Fallen Race’: Debating Indian Indenture at the 1852 Utah Territorial Legislature,” Mormon History Association Conference, Boise, Idaho, 9 June 2018. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/09/2018.
  • “Charlottesville: Racism Reawakened,” University College and Black Student Union, Panel Discussion, UVU Ethics Awareness Week. Presentation, Presented, 09/27/2017.
  • “By All Means Give Nevada a Slice: The 1866 Utah-Nevada Border Shift and the Way Washington County Worked,” Washington County Works Lecture Series, Smithsonian Exhibition, The Way We Worked, St. George, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 09/23/2017.
  • “Memorialization of Circleville Massacre,” Roundtable, Mormon History Association Conference. Other, Presented, 06/02/2017.
  • “Mormons, Immigration, and Whiteness,” Multicultural Mormonism, 2017 UVU Mormon Studies Conference. Presentation, Presented, 03/30/2017.
  • Book Talk, “From Not White Enough to Too White: Rethinking the Mormon Racial Story,” BYU Religious Education Friday Faculty Forum, Provo, Utah. Other, Presented, 09/09/2016.
  • “Black, White, and the Law: Why Understanding Race Matters,” Panelist, Utah Valley University Black Student Union, Orem, Utah. Other, Presented, 09/02/2016.
  • “Rethinking Cotton Mission Isolation,” Sons of Utah Pioneers, National Conference, Hurricane, Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2016.
  • “Letting our Differences Make a Difference: Dialogue’s Role in Mormon Diversity,” Panel Member, Spirit of Dialogue 50 Years, Utah Valley University. Presentation, Presented, 09/2016.
  • “‘A Law written in the Heart of our Race’: Polygamy and the Degeneration of Whiteness,” Polygamy Debates, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Conference Paper, Presented, 07/28/2016.
  • “Teaching Mormon History: Pedagogy Workshop,” Panelist, Mormon History Association Conference, Snowbird, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 06/11/2016.
  • “The Council of Fifty Minutes: An Initial Scholarly Appraisal,” Mormon History Association Conference, Snowbird, Utah. Conference Paper, Presented, 06/10/2016.
  • “Priesthood, Policy, and Practice in Africa and Latin America,” Session Chair and Commentator, Mormon History Association Conference, Snowbird, Utah. Other, Presented, 06/10/2016.
  • “From Not White Enough to Too White: Rethinking the Mormon Racial Story,” Utah African American Experience Tour, Mormon History Association Conference, Snowbird, Utah, 9 June 2016. Presentation, Presented, 06/09/2016.
  • Teacher Training, Mana Academy, West Valley City, “Reconstructing Utah History.". Other, Presented, 04/15/2016.
  • “Rethinking Revelation and the Mormon Racial Story,” Think Again, Salt Lake City, Utah. Other, Presented, 04/01/2016.
  • Lunch and Three Things, History Department Conference, University of Utah. Presentation, Presented, 03/31/2016.
  • Book Talk, “Black, White, and Mormon: Rethinking the Mormon Racial Story,” Arlington Texas Stake Genesis Group, Arlington, Texas. Other, Presented, 02/21/2016.
  • Book Talks, “From Not White Enough to Too White: Rethinking the Mormon Racial Story,” Miller-Eccles Study Group Texas, Dallas, Texas, 19 and 20 February 2016. Other, Presented, 02/19/2016.
  • Book Talk, “From Not White Enough to Too White: Rethinking the Mormon Racial Story,” Utah Valley University, LDS Institute, Orem, Utah. Other, Presented, 02/05/2016.
  • Book Talk, “From Not White Enough to Too White: Rethinking the Mormon Racial Story,” Bay Area Mormon Studies Council, Berkeley LDS Institute, 31 January 2016. Other, Presented, 01/31/2016.
  • “From Not White Enough to Too White: Rethinking the Mormon Racial Story,” Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Lecture Series, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/27/2016.
  • “What does a History Professor Do?” Career Day, Glendale Middle School, West Valley City, Utah. Other, Presented, 11/29/2015.
  • “Utah and the Cold War,” Utah Council for the Social Studies, Salt Lake City. Presentation, Presented, 11/07/2015.
  • Conversations on Race and Community Relations, Provo Police, Provo, Utah. Other, Presented, 11/04/2015.
  • Book Talks, Religion of a Different Color, Seattle Washington, 24 and 25 October 2015. Other, Presented, 10/24/2015.
  • “Black, White, and Mormon: A Conference on the Evolving Status of Black Saints within the Mormon Fold,” Conference Co-Organizer, Salt Lake City, Utah, 8 – 9 October 2015. Other, Presented, 10/08/2015.
  • Religion and Race: Evaluating Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness, panel, Utah State Historical Society Conference, West Valley City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 10/02/2015.
  • Book Talk, “From Not White Enough to too White: Rethinking the Mormon Racial Story,” Miller-Eccles Study Group, Fullerton and Flintridge California. Other, Presented, 09/11/2015.
  • “Red, White, and Mormon: Race and the Making of a Mormon-Indian Body,” Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, 10 September 2015. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/10/2015.
  • “From Not White Enough to too White: Rethinking the Mormon Racial Story,” FAIR Conference, Provo, Utah, 7 August 2015. Conference Paper, Presented, 08/07/2015.
  • “From Not White Enough to too White: The Historical Evolution of a ‘Mormon Race,’” Sunstone Symposium, Salt Lake City. Conference Paper, Presented, 07/31/2015.
  • The “Mormon Stepback into Barbarism”: Physiognomy, Polyeroticity, and the Degraded Mormon Body,” Mormon History Association Conference, Provo, Utah. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/2015.
  • “A Year of Decision: The LDS Church Grapples with Civil Rights and Its Practice of Black Priesthood Denial,” Session Chair and Commentator, Mormon History Association Conference, Provo, Utah. Other, Presented, 06/2015.
  • Book Talk, Religion of a Different Color, LDS Church Public Affairs Department, Salt Lake City, Utah. Other, Presented, 05/28/2015.
  • Book Talk, Religion of a Different Color, LDS Church History Department, Salt Lake City, Utah. Other, Presented, 04/15/2015.
  • Book Talk, Religion of a Different Color, Mueller Park LDS 4th Ward Empty Nesters, Bountiful, Utah, 13 April 2015. Other, Presented, 04/13/2015.
  • Practicing History Conference, History Department, University of Utah, Session III Moderator. Other, Presented, 03/26/2015.
  • “Race and Mormonism in the 19th Century,” Podcast, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, BYU, Part I and II. Other, Presented, 03/24/2015.
  • “What does a History Professor Do?” Career Objectives Class, Glendale Middle School, West Valley City, Utah, 2 March 2015. Other, Presented, 03/02/2015.
  • Book Talk, Religion of a Different Color, King’s English Bookstore, Salt Lake City, Utah. Other, Presented, 02/19/2015.
  • “Blacks in the LDS Church,” Panel Discussion, Black History Month, Brigham Young University. Other, Presented, 02/12/2015.
  • Book Talk, Religion of a Different Color, Benchmark Books, Salt Lake City. Presentation, Presented, 02/11/2015.
  • “Slavery, Servitude, and Sex: A Fresh Look at the 1852 Utah Legislative Session,” Teaching American History Grant, Granite School District, 6 November 2014. Presentation, Presented, 11/2014.
  • “John C. Fremont and Pre-Mormon Migration and Exploration of Utah, 1841-1846,” Joint Social Studies Conference, Utah State Office of Education, 11 October 2014. Presentation, Presented, 10/2014.
  • “Publishing as Public History—A Roundtable,” Western Lands, Western Voices, The American West Center at Fifty, 1964 – 2014, Salt Lake City, September 2014. Presentation, Presented, 09/2014.
  • “Teaching About Mormonism at a Secular University,” First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, Summer Forum, 22 June 2014. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/22/2014.
  • “‘If there never was a prophet or Apostle of Jesus Christ spoke it before . . .’: Brigham Young, Race, and the 1852 Territorial Legislature,” Mormon History Association Conference, San Antonio, Texas, June 2014. Conference Paper, Presented, 06/2014.
  • “Black/Native/Mormon: Lives at the Crossroads of Race and Faith,” Session Commentator, Organization of American Historians Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, April 2014. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2014.
  • “Atheists and Mormons Panel Discussion: Exposing Myths, Dispelling Stereotypes,” Moderator, American Atheists Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 2014. Other, Presented, 04/2014.
  • “From Not White to Too White: The Historical Evolution of a ‘Mormon Race,’” Western History Association Conference, Tucson, Arizona, October 2013. Conference Paper, Presented, 10/2013.
  • “From Not White to Too White: The Historical Evolution of a ‘Mormon Race,’” Mormon History Association Conference, Layton, Utah, June 2013. Conference Paper, Presented, 06/2013.
  • “Utah and the Civil War” and “Utah and the Cold War,” Teaching American History Grant, Granite School District,” June 20 and 27, 2013. Presentation, Presented, 06/2013.
  • “Painted and Disguised as Indians: Race and the Mormon-Indian Body at the Mountain Meadows Massacre,” History Department Conference, University of Utah, April 2013. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/2013.
  • “All ‘Mormon Elder-Berry’s’ Children: Race, Whiteness, and the Attack on Mormon ‘Anglo-Saxon Triumphalism,’” Beyond the Mormon Moment: Directions for Mormon Studies in the New Century, A Conference in Honor of the Career of Armand Mauss, Claremont Graduate University, March 2013. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2013.
  • “Left to Rot on the Hillside: Intercultural Death on the Western Frontier,” Zion Canyon Field Institute’s Fern and J. L. Crawford Lecture Series, March, 2013. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2013.
  • Roundtable: Writing Utah: The State, the Academy, Public History, and the Press," Western History Association Conference, Denver, Colorado, October 2012. Conference Paper, Presented, 10/2012.
  • "Utah's Right Turn: Politics in 20th Century Utah," Teaching American History Grant, Granite School District, October 2012. Presentation, Presented, 10/2012.
  • "Race, Marriage, and 'Negro Blood in My Veins': Scipio A. Kenner and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness," Mormon History Association Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, June 2012. Conference Paper, Presented, 06/2012.
  • Field Trip Guide, Donner Party/Hastings Cutoff, Iosepa, Camp Floyd, Teaching American History Grant, Granite School district, June 2012. Presentation, Presented, 06/2012.
  • "Utah Industrialization," I and II, Teaching American History Grant, Granite School District, June 2012. Presentation, Presented, 06/2012.
  • "Utah Immigration and Colonization," Parts I and II, Teaching American History Grant, Granite School District, June 2012. Presentation, Presented, 06/2012.
  • "Mountain Meadows Massacre: Teaching Controversial Topics," Utah Council for the Social Studies. Presentation, Presented, 10/2011.
  • "From Cotton to Cosmopolitan: Local, National, and Global Transformations in Utah's Dixie," Opening Plenary Session, Mormon History Association Conference, St. George, Utah, May 2011. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/2011.
  • “Always the Right Place: A Historical Overview of Immigration to Utah,” Beyond Borders, Utah Council for the Social Studies. Presentation, Presented, 11/2010.
  • “‘To Blot Out the Territory’: Congressman James M. Ashley’s 1869 Attempt to Eliminate Utah and Reconstruct the West,” Utah and the Union Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 09/2010.
  • “Power, Place, and Prejudice,” Tanner Lecture, Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/2010.
  • “Red, White, and Mormon: Race and the Making of a Mormon-Indian Body,” Western History Association Conference, Denver, Colorado, October 2009. Conference Paper, Presented, 2009.
  • “Red, White, and Mormon: Race and the Making of a Mormon-Indian Body,” Mormon History Association Conference, Springfield, Illinois, May 2009. Conference Paper, Presented, 2009.
  • “Mormons, Miners, and Southern Paiutes,” Springville Historical Society Lecture Series, April 2009. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2009.
  • "Power, Place, and Prejudice," Utah Valley Historical Society Lecture Series, October 2008. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2008.
  • "Blotting Utah from the Map," National Association of State Retirement Agencies, August 2008. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2008.
  • "Pre-History of Utah," Utah Tour Guide Association, August 2008. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2008.
  • Making Space on the Western Frontier, St. George Book Festival, September 2008. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2008.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Manifest Destiny Reconsidered: The Utah Experience. PI: W. Paul Reeve. Co-PI(s): Robert Goldberg. National Endowment for the Humanities, 01/01/2017 - 07/30/2017. Total project budget to date: $180,000.00

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • United States of America

Publications

  • W. Paul Reeve, Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015). Published, 02/27/2015.
    http://www.amazon.com/Religion-Different-Color-Str...
  • Making Space on the Western Frontier: Mormons, Miners, and Southern Paiutes (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006). Published, 04/2007.
    http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/58nyd...
  • W. Paul Reeve and Ardis E. Parshall, eds., Mormonism: A Historical Encyclopedia (Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 2010). Published, 08/10/2010.
    http://www.amazon.com/Mormonism-Historical-Encyclo...
  • Michael Scott Van Wagenen and W. Paul Reeve, eds., Between Pulpit and Pew: The Supernatural World in Mormon History and Folklore (Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 2011). Published, 05/27/2011.
    http://www.usu.edu/usupress/books/index.cfm?isbn=8...
  • "The Utah Church," in Oxford Handbook of Mormonism, Terryl L. Givens and Phillip L. Barlow, eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. Published, 10/2015.
  • Reconstruction, Religion, and the West: The Great Impeacher meets the Mormons. Published, 04/2020.
    https://doi.org/10.5406/jmormhist.46.2.0005
  • W. Paul Reeve (2021). “‘I Dug the Graves’: Isaac Lewis Manning, Joseph Smith, and Racial Connections in Two Latter Day Saint Traditions". Journal of Mormon History. Vol. 47, 29-67. Published, 01/2021.
    https://doi.org/10.5406/jmormhist.47.1.0029
  • W. Paul Reeve (2020). Johanna Brooks, Mormonism and White Supremacy: American Religion and the Problem of Racial Innocence (New York: Oxford University Press, 2020). Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Book Review Roundtable, July 2020. Published, 07/10/2020.
    https://www.dialoguejournal.com/2020/07/dialogue-b...
  • W. Paul Reeve (2019). “Century of Black Mormons: A Preliminary Interpretation of the Data,” . Current Research in Digital History. Vol. 2. Published, 03/2019.
    https://doi.org/10.31835/crdh.2019.03
  • W. Paul Reeve (2018). Max Perry Mueller, Race and the Making of the Mormon People (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017). (pp. 918-920). Vol. 87. Church History 87 (September 2018): 918-920. Published, 09/2018.
  • W. Paul Reeve (2018). Review Panel: A House Full of Females. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1830-1870, by Ann M. Little, W. Paul Reeve, Sarah Carter, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, in Mormon Studies Review 5 (2018). Vol. 5. Mormon Studies Review 5 (2018). Published, 05/2018.
  • “The Council of Fifty and the Search for Religious Liberty,” in The Council of Fifty: What the Records Reveal about Mormon History, ed. by Matthew J. Grow and R. Eric Smith, Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book, 2017. Published, 09/04/2017.
  • “My View: Trumps Muslim Ban Looks Like Mormon Ban,” Op-ed, Deseret News, 28 January 2017. Published, 01/28/2017.
  • W. Paul Reeve, “My View: Black Lives Matter. Mormon Lives Matter,” 25 September 2016, Deseret News.. Published, 09/25/2016.
  • All “Mormon Elder-Berry’s” Children: Race, Whiteness, and the Attack on Mormon “Anglo-Saxon Triumphalism”in Directions for Mormon Studies in the 21st Century, ed. by Patrick Mason, University of Utah Press, 2016. Published, 05/30/2016.
  • “Race, The Priesthood, and Temples,” in A Reason for Faith: Navigating LDS Doctrine and Church History, ed. by Laura Harris Hales (Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book, 2016). Published, 05/09/2016.
  • “Let Them Eat Cake,” in A Book of Mormons: Latter-day Saints on a Modern Day Zion, I Speak for Myself Series, ed. by Emily W. Jensen and Tracy McKay-Lamb (Ashland, Oregon: White Cloud Press, 2015). Published, 12/01/2015.
  • Stanley B. Kimball and Violet T. Kimball, Villages on Wheels: A Social History of the Gathering to Zion (Draper, UT: Greg Kofford Books, 2011). Great Plains Quarterly 33 (Fall 2013): 256-257. Published, 10/2013.