Spencer Fluhman, Associate Professor
J. Spencer Fluhman is executive director of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship and associate professor of history at Brigham Young University (BYU). He graduated summa cum laude from BYU and received masters and doctoral degrees in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research takes up the question of religious identity and the intersection of religion and politics in the United States. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Journal of Religion and Society, Journal of Mormon History, BYU Studies Quarterly, and Mormon Historical Studies. His article, "An 'American Mahomet': Joseph Smith, Muhammad, and the Problem of Prophets in Antebellum America," (Journal of Mormon History, 2008) won the T. Edgar Lyon Award for Best Article of the Year from the Mormon History Association in 2009. His first book, “A Peculiar People”: Anti-Mormonism and the Making of Religion in Nineteenth-Century America (University of North Carolina Press, 2012) won the Mormon History Association’s Best First Book Award in 2013. In 2014, he won the Mollie & Karl Butler Young Scholar Award in Western Studies from the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies. He is currently at work on a biography of LDS apostle James E. Talmage (under contract, Oxford University Press). He has held office in the American Academy of Religion, American Society of Church History, and Mormon History Association. He served as editor-in-chief of Mormon Studies Review from 2013-2018. He was visiting professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University in 2015 and visiting distinguished professor of Mormon Studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara in 2020.
- Ph.D. in History from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
- MA in History from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000
- BA in Near Eastern Studies from Brigham Young University, 1998
American religious history, Latter-day Saint history, American intellectual history
- Mollie and Karl Butler Young Scholar Award in Western Studies from Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Brigham Young University, 2014
- Best First Book Award from Mormon History Assocation,
- Outstanding Teacher Award, 2012-13 from History Department, Brigham Young University, 2012
- Fluhman, J. (2015). Communitarianism and Consecration in Mormonism: Oxford Handbook of Mormonism. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Fluhman, J. (2013). Review of _Shakers, Mormons, and Religious Worlds_, by Stephen Taysom. Journal of Mormon History, 39(1), 247-51.
- Fluhman, J. (2012). "A Peculiar People": Anti-Mormonism and the Making of Religion in 19th century America. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.
- Fluhman, J. (2012). "Mormonism in Cultural Context": Journal of Mormon History. Mormon History Association.
- Fluhman, J. (2012). Why We Fear Mormons: New York Times.
- Fluhman, J. (2010). ‘A Subject That Can Bear Investigation’: Anguish, Faith, and Joseph Smith’s Youngest Plural Wife: Mormon Historical Studies.
- Fluhman, J. (2009). Fashioning a Newer Mormon History: Journal of Mormon History.
- Fluhman, J. (2008). The Joseph Smith Revelations and the Crisis of Early American Spirituality. In Andrew H. Hedges, J. Spencer Fluhman, Alonzo L. Gaskill (Eds.), The Doctrine and Covenants: Revelations in Context (pp. 66-89). Provo and Salt Lake City: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, and Deseret Book Company.
- Fluhman, J. (2008). An 'American Mahomet': Joseph Smith, Muhammad, and the Problem of Prophets in Antebellum America: Journal of Mormon History. Mormon History Association.
- Fluhman, J. (2005). Anti-Mormonism and the Question of Religious Authenticity in Antebellum America. In Journal of Religion and Society (pp. 1-13).
- Fluhman, J. (2005). Early Mormon and Shaker Visions of Sanctified Community. In BYU Studies (pp. 79-110).