Colleen MCDANNELL portrait
  • Sterling M. McMurrin Professor of Religious Studies, History
  • Professor, History


  • “Reviewing Material Christianity and Beyond,” Sacred Senses Symposium, University of London. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2010.
  • “Still Learning from The Exorcist,” Loyola University, Chicago. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2010.
  • "Picturing Faith," Georgetown University (2010). Invited Talk/Keynote, Submitted, 03/2010.
  • “The Story Lives Here: Faith, History and Instructional Mormon Media,” Eugene England Lecture, Utah Valley University. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/2010.
  • “The Story Lives Here: Faith, History, and the Instructional Film,” American Academy of Religion, Atlanta. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/2010.
  • “New Directions in American Christian Material Culture Studies: Re-enganging Colleen McDannell’s Material Christianity,” response to panel, American Studies Association, San Antonio. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/2010.
  • Catholics and the Movies Symposium, Notre Dame University, “The Devotional Life of St. Mel, The Passion of the Christ”. Conference Paper, Presented, 2009.
  • The New Deal Legacy and Contemporary Scholarship, Library of Congress, “Religious America and New Deal Photography”. Conference Paper, Presented, 2008.
  • “Learning from The Exorcist,” University of California, Santa Barbara. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2008.
  • "Picturing Faith" at Utah State University . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2008.
  • "Women, Media, and the Book of Mormon: Text and Context” at the Ethics and the Book of Mormon symposium at Brigham Young University . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2019.
  • Women Making History: Latter-day Saint Women in Comparative Perspective, Maxwell Institute at Brigham Young University . Invited Talk/Keynote, Accepted, 06/2019.
  • Female LDS Dissent in a Global Context. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/2019.
  • Approaching Mormon Studies: Problems and Solutions, American Academy of Religion national meeting . Conference Paper, Presented, 11/2018.
  • Panelist on Mormon Women's History at University of Utah, Lecture Series on Intellectual Life of Mormonism. Presentation, Presented, 10/27/2016.
  • “What Happened? Women, Medicine, and Religion Moving Towards the Twentieth Century,” Mormon History Association. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/03/2015.
  • "Heritage Religion and the Mormons" given as keynote at University of Cambridge, England at conference "Exhibiting Belief: Materiality and Religious Display in the 19th Century". Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/07/2015.
  • History and Material Conference, Bard Graduate Center, Studies in Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture. Conference Paper, Presented, 05/09/2014.
  • "Mormons, Materialism, and the Struggle Against the Ideology of Separation," at Secularization Conference at Harvard Divinity School. Conference Paper, Presented, 05/02/2014.
  • “Obsessed by History: Mormons and the Heritage Industry,” American Academy of Religion, Chicago. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/17/2012.
  • “Holy Cross Chapel and Hospital Piety,” Sacred Space in a Secular Nation of Believers, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. Presentation, Presented, 10/25/2012.
  • “New Directions in American Christian Material Culture Studies: Re-enganging Colleen McDannell’s Material Christianity,” American Studies Association, San Antonio. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/19/2011.


  • "Global Mormonism: A Historical Overview" in The Palgrave Handbook of Global Mormonism (Palgrave Macmillan). Published, 12/01/2020.
  • "Mormon Gender in the Mid-Twentieth Century" in The Routledge Handbook of Mormonism and Gender (Routledge). Published, 08/2020.
  • Colleen McDannell (2019). Sister Saints: Mormon Women Since Polygamy. Oxford. Published, 04/02/2019.
  • Colleen McDannell (2019). Rachel McBride Lindsey’s Communion of Shadows: Religion and Photography in Nineteenth-century America. The American Historical Review. Published, 02/2019.
  • Colleen McDannell (2019). book review of Majorie Spruill, Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values that Polarized American Politics. Mormon Studies Review. Published, 01/2019.
  • Colleen McDannell (2018). Book review of Biran Titley’s Into Silence and Servitude: How American Girls Became Nuns, 1945-1965; . Church History. Published, 06/2018.
  • Colleen McDannell (2018). book review of Philip Goff, et. al., The Bible in American Culture. Material Religion. Published, 02/2018.
  • "Mexican, Tourism, and Book of Mormon Geography" in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. Published, 07/15/2017.
  • Photography, Teenie Harris, and the Migration of Catholic Images" in Catholic Historic Historical Review. Published, 04/2015.
  • Book review of Christine Talbot, A Foreign Kingdom: Mormons and Polygamy in American Political Culture in Mormon Studies Review 2 (2015): 124. Published, 01/01/2015.
  • "Government Photography and the Religious Spirit," Journal of Religion and Society (Supplement 8), 2012. Published, 10/2012.
  • The Spirit of Vatican II: A History of Catholic Reform in America, Basic Books. Published, 03/01/2011.