Grant Madsen, Assistant Professor

Department: History



Office: 2145 JFSB

Phone: 801-422-7412


I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, before attending BYU for my undergraduate degree. After graduating from BYU I completed an MA in literature and literary theory at the University of Virginia, after which I worked in Washington, DC, for several years. I then returned to the academy to attend the University of Chicago, this time in History, where I completed my degree in 2011 and joined the faculty at BYU.


  • PhD in 20th Century US History from University of Chicago, 2011
  • MA in Literature and Literary Theory from University of Virginia, 1995
  • BA in English from Brigham Young University, 1992

Research Interests

My research focuses on American political institutions both inside and outside the United States. I research political economy in the broad sense that the term used to have that included legal, moral, and philosophical questions as well as economic questions in the narrow sense. For example, most recently I have researched the political economy of military occupations, accounting for the successes of the post-World War II occupations of Germany and Japan for the integration of a particular set of economic policies that held moral and political consequences.


  • Outstanding Teacher Award from BYU History Department, 2014

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for US Intellectual History
  • Sociey for Historians of American Foreign Relations
  • Organization of American Historians
  • American Historical Association

Recent Publications

  • Madsen, G. (2017). The Image and the Truth of the Eisenhower Years: Liking Ike: Eisenhower, Advertising, and the Rise of Celebrity Politics by David Haven Blake and The President and the Apprentice: Eisenhower and Nixon, 1952-1961 by Irwin F. Gellman. Reviews in American History, 45(4), 651-657.
  • Madsen, G. (2017). Review of Lori Clune, Executing the Rosenbergs. Columbus, OH: Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review,.
  • Madsen, G., Bednar, J., & Godfrey, P. (2014). Africa, the Informal Economy, and the Hermeneutic Circle. Research Methodology in Strategy and Management (RMSM): Volume 9: Advancing Strategic Management in the African Context: Techniques, Methods, and Designs for Research Methodology in Strategy and Management, 10, 133-166.