Amy Harris, Associate Professor

Department: History



Office: 2150 JFSB

Phone: 801-422-6408


Amy Harris is an associate professor of history and family/history genealogy. Her research interests center on families, women, and gender in early modern Britain. She is particularly interested in the way family and social relationships inform one another. She uses both her historical and genealogical training to study family relationships of the past. Her first book, Siblinghood and Social Relations in Georgian England (University of Manchester Press, 2012, paperback 2016), examines the impact sisters and brothers had on eighteenth-century English families and society. She argues that although parents' wills often recommended their children "share and share alike," siblings had to constantly negotiate between prescribed equality and practiced inequalities.

Her most recent book, Family Life in England and America, 1690-1820, was co-edited with Rachel Cope and Jane Hinckley (Routledge, 2015). This four-volume collection of original sources (manuscript and print) brings together sources from both sides of the Atlantic and from a wide variety of regional archives. It is the first collection of its kind, allowing comparisons between the development of the family in England and America during a time of significant change.

In 2018 her article, "Early Mormonism’s Expansive Families and the Browett Women," published in Mormon Women’s History: Beyond Biography, won the Mormon History Association best article award.

She is currently working on a new book: A Single View: Family Life and the Unmarried in Georgian England, which analyzes family relations across the lifespan of never-married men and women.

Prof. Harris has completed fellowships at the Center for 17th and 18th-Century Studies at UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Library and the Newberry Library in Chicago. She teaches European history, introductory genealogical methods, English paleography, advanced British genealogical methodology courses, and women’s studies. She currently serves as the director for the Family History Program at BYU.​

Research Interests

Early modern Britain, particularly families, women, gender, and poverty


  • Alumni Professorship from BYU, 2018
  • Marjorie Pay Hinckley Young Scholar Award from College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, 2017
  • FHSS Innovation in Teaching Award from College of Family Home and Social Sciences, 2014
  • Teaching Initiative Grant from FHSS, 2013
  • Outstanding Teaching Award - Chair selection from History Dept, 2013
  • David O. McKay Grant from BYU, 2011

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Professional Genealogists
  • Utah Genealogical Association
  • American Historical Association

Recent Publications

  • Harris, A. (forthcoming). A Single View: Family Life and the Unmarried in Georgian England. London: I.B. Tauris.
  • Harris, A. (2018). A Genealogical Turn: Possibilities for Mormon Studies and Genealogical Scholarship. In Mormon Studies Review (pp. 73-88). Provo, Utah: BYU.
  • Harris, A., & Cope, R. (2015). Family Life in England and America, 1690-1820. .
  • Harris, A. (2012). Siblinghood and Social Relations in Georgian England: Share and Share Alike. , 300.
  • Harris, A. (2011). Review of Patricia Crawford, Parents of Poor Children in England, 1580-1800. Journal of British Studies, 50(3), 718-719.