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Karen Auman

Assistant Professor
History, History

2111 JFSB
Provo, UT 84602


Karen Auman is Assistant Professor of History at BYU. Her research focuses on Germans in the colonial Atlantic world, religion on the American frontiers, migrations, and families. She is currently working on a manuscript based upon her PhD dissertation entitled The Good Forest: Settlement and Community in Trustee Georgia. The book centers on the lives of the Salzburg exiles who settled Georgia in the mid-eighteenth century with the support of British and German philanthropy, and examines the interwoven themes of colonization, charity, and transatlantic religious networks.

Teaching Interests

Family History, Colonial America, United States, U.S. South


  • PhD History, Atlantic World , Environment, New York University (2014)

Licenses and Certifications

  • Board for Certification of Genealogists, Certified Genealogist (CG) (2016 - 2026)


  • Board for Certification of Genealogists (2016 - Present)

Courses Taught