Rebecca DeSchweinitz, Associate Professor

Department: History



Office: 2127 JFSB

Phone: 801-422-1594


Dr. de Schweinitz graduated with a BA in history from BYU in 1992. After coordinating the work of student interns at the Utah state capital, teaching English in Japan for a year, and working in special collections at the Claude Moore Health Science Library at the University of Virignia, School of Medicine, Dr. de Schweinitz completed an MA in history at the University of Virginia in 1997 and received her PhD in history from UVA in 2004. Professor de Schweinitz hails from Fairbanks, Alaska and lives with her husband, Peter, who works in community health and family medicine, and three children in Provo, Utah. She enjoys researching and writing about youth activism, teaching, running and other outdoor activities, as well as all things chocolate.

Research Interests

Youth and 20th Century Politics
History of Childhood and Youth
African American History
Mormon History
US Women's History


  • Wells and Myrle Cloward Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellowship from BYU-University Award, 2019
  • Young Scholar Award from BYU FHSS College, 2014

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for the History of Children and Youth

Recent Publications