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Philip Barlow

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Department of History

Professor-Arrington Chair of Mormon Studies - Religious Studies, American Religious History, Mormonism, Religion, History and "Time," Religion and Human Suffering, Biblical Studies

Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: Old Main 321
DialPhone: (435) 797-3406
SendEmail: philip.barlow@usu.edu


Educational Background

Other, Religion in American Culture, Harvard Divinity School, 1988
Other, History of Christianity, Harvard, 1980
BA, History, Weber State College, 1975

Biography

Arrived at USU via Boston, Rochester NY, & Southern Indiana. Loves studying how people and groups construct, symbolize, and enact meaning in their lives.


Teaching Interests

Religious Studies, American Religious History, Mormonism, Religion, History and "Time," Religion and Human Suffering, Biblical Studies

Research Interests

Mormon History & Culture, Religion & "Time," Religious Regionalism in the U.S.

Awards

Best Anthology Book Award, 2016

John Whitmer Historical Association

Special Award for Scholarly Publishing, 2016

Association of Mormon Letters

Faculty Member of the Year, 2007

Hanover College

"Best Single-volume Reference Book in the Humanities" , 2001

Association of American Publishers

Arthur and Ilene Baynham Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2001

Hanover College

Arthur and Ilene Baynham Award for Outstanding Teaching, 1995

Hanover College

Francis M. and Emily S. Chipman Award for Best First Book, 1992

Mormon History Association

Annual Dialogue Writing Award for best published essay, 1989

Dialogue

William Grover and Winnifred Foster Reese Best Dissertation Prize, 1989

Mormon History Association

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Books

    • Barlow, P.L, Shipps, J., Mormonism. Columbia University Press
    • Barlow, P.L, (2015). The Oxford Handbook of Mormonism. Oxford University Press
    • Barlow, P.L, (2013). Mormons and the Bible: The Place of the Latter-day Saints in American Religion. Oxford University Press
    • Barlow, P.L, (2004). Religion and Public Life in the Midwest: America’s Common Denominator?. Alta Mira Press
    • Barlow, P.L, Gaustad, E.S, (2001). New Historical Atlas of Religion in America. Oxford University Press
    • Barlow, P.L, (1991). Mormons and the Bible: The Place of the Latter-day Saints in American Religion . Oxford University Press
    • Book Chapters

    • Barlow, P.L, People Gain Knowledge No Sooner Than They are Saved: To Be Learned is Good: Faith and Scholarship Among the Latter-day Saints.
    • Barlow, P.L, Why I Stay: Why I Stay. *
    • Barlow, P.L, (2015). Mind and Spirit: The Oxford Handbook of Mormonism. Oxford University Press
    • Barlow, P.L, Givens, T., (2015). Introduction: Oxford Handbook of Mormonism. Oxford University Press
    • Barlow, P.L, Marianno, S., The World of the Bible in the Mormon Mind: The World of Mormonism. Routledge
    • Barlow, P.L, Chosen Land, Chosen People: Religious and American Exceptionalism Among the Mormons: Mormonism and American Politics. Columbia University Press
    • Barlow, P.L, (2013). “Latter-day Saints (Mormon) Interpretation”: Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation. Oxford University Press
    • Barlow, P.L, (2012). Expansion into the Transappalachian World: Cambridge History of Religions in America, Vol. II: 1790–1945. Cambridge University Press
    • Barlow, P.L, (2012). Mormons and the Bible in the 21st Century: The Future of Religion: Traditions in Transition. Patheos Press
    • Barlow, P.L, (2010). "Demographics" and "Geographical Approaches": Encyclopedia of Religion in America. CQ Press
    • Barlow, P.L, (2010). Regions: Blackwell Companion to Religion in America. Blackwell
    • Barlow, P.L, (2006). “Joseph Smith,” “James Strang,” “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism)”: The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia. University of Indiana Press
    • Barlow, P.L, (2004). A Demographic Portrait: America Writ Small?: Religion and Public Life in the Midwest: America’s Common Denominator?. Alta Mira Press
    • Barlow, P.L, Cantonwine, B., , (2004). Introduction: Not Oz: Religion and Public Life in the Midwest: America’s Common Denominator?. Alta Mira Press
    • Barlow, P.L, (1999). Charles Rich: American National Biography. Oxford University Press
    • Barlow, P.L, (1999). Shifting Ground and the Third Transformation of Mormonism: Perspectives on American Religion and Culture. Blackwell Publishing
    • Barlow, P.L, (1999). Smith, Joseph: Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation. Abingdon Press
    • Barlow, P.L, (1993). The Mormon Use of the Bible: The Oxford Companion to the Bible . Oxford University Press

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Barlow, P.L, (2014). Questing and Questioning. Sunstone *
        • Barlow, P.L, (2013). "Questions at the Veil". Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, 46:3, 203-216.
        • Barlow, P.L, (2012). Chosen Land, Chosen People: Religious and American Exceptionalism among the Mormons. The Review of Faith & International Affairs/(Institute for Global Engagement), 10:2
        • Barlow, P.L, (2012). To Mend a Fractured Reality: Joseph Smith’s Project. Journal of Mormon History, 38:3, 28-50.
        • Barlow, P.L, (2011). Forum: American Scriptures. Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation, 21:1, 1-10.
        • Barlow, P.L, (2009). Roundtable on Massacre at Mountain Meadows. Dialogue: a Journal of Mormon Thought, 42:1, 114-127.
        • Barlow, P.L, (2008). When Romney was a Bishop. Religion in the News, 10:3
        • Barlow, P.L, (2007). Toward a Mormon Sense of Time. Journal of Mormon History, 33:1, 1—37.
        • Barlow, P.L, (2004). Space Matters: A Geographical Context for the Reorganization's Great Transformation. John Whitmer Historical Association Journal, 24, 21-39.
        • Barlow, P.L, (2002). The Indispensable Source . Religion in the News, 5:1, 11.
        • Barlow, P.L, (2001). The Public Thought of Elbert Peck. Sunstone120, 10-13.
        • Barlow, P.L, Armand, M., (1991). Church, Sect, and Scripture: The Protestant Bible and Mormon Sectarian Retrenchment. Sociological Analysis: A Journal in the Sociology of Religion, 53:4, 397-414.
        • Barlow, P.L, (1990). Joseph Smith's Revision of the Bible: Fraudulent, Pathologic, or Prophetic?. Harvard Theological Review, 83:1, 45-64.
        • Barlow, P.L, (1989). Before Mormonism: Joseph Smith's Use of the Bible, 1820-1829. The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 57:4, 739-772.
        • Barlow, P.L, (1989). Why the King James Version?: From the Common to the Official Version of Mormonism. Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, 22:2, 19-42.
        • Barlow, P.L, (1983). Unorthodox Orthodoxy: The Idea of Deification in Christian History. Sunstone, 8:5, 13-18.

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        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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          Publications - Technical Reports

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            Publications - Translations & Transcripts

              Publications - Other

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                Scheduled Teaching

                RELS 4990 - Religious Studies Capstone, Fall 2016

                HIST, RELS 4795 - Biography, Autobiography, and Joseph Smith, Spring 2016

                RELS 4990 - Religious Studies Capstone, Spring 2016

                HIST 6420 - Special Topics in Religious History, Spring 2016

                RELS 3040 - Religion, Evil, and Human Suffering, Fall 2015

                RELS 4930 - Directed Readings, Spring 2015

                RELS 4990 - Religious Studies Capstone, Spring 2015

                RELS 4930 - Directed Readings, Fall 2014

                RELS 4990 - Religious Studies Capstone, Fall 2014

                RELS 4990 - Religious Studies Capstone, Summer 2014

                HIST,RELS 4795 - Biography, Autobiography, and Joseph Smith, Spring 2014

                RELS 4930 - Directed Readings, Spring 2014

                RELS 4990 - Religious Studies Capstone, Spring 2014

                RELS 4910,6420 - Special Topics in Religious Studies, Spring 2014

                RELS 4520 - Editing Internship, Fall 2013

                RELS 3040 - Religion, Evil, and Human Suffering, Fall 2013

                RELS 4990 - Religious Studies Capstone, Fall 2013

                RELS 4990 - Religious Studies Capstone, Summer 2013

                RELS 4930 - Directed Readings, Spring 2013

                RELS 4520 - Editing Internship, Spring 2013

                RELS 4990 - Religious Studies Capstone, Spring 2013

                HIST,RELS 4910,6420 - Special Topics in Religious History, Spring 2013

                RELS 4930 - Directed Readings, Fall 2012

                RELS 6900 - Directed Readings, Fall 2012

                RELS 4910,6410 - Special Topics in Religious Studies, Fall 2012

                RELS 4930 - Directed Readings, Summer 2012

                HIST,RELS 4795,6410 - Biography, Autobiography, and Joseph Smith, Spring 2012

                RELS 4930 - Directed Readings, Spring 2012

                RELS 4990 - Religious Studies Capstone, Spring 2012

                RELS 4930 - Directed Readings, Fall 2011

                RELS 3040 - Religion, Evil, and Human Suffering, Fall 2011

                RELS 4990 - Religious Studies Capstone, Fall 2011

                RELS 4930 - Directed Readings, Summer 2011

                RELS 4990 - RELS CAPSTONE, Spring 2011

                HIST 4910 - ST: RELIGION & CONCEPT OF TIME, Spring 2011

                RELS 4910 - ST: RELIGION & CONCEPT OF TIME, Spring 2011

                RELS 6420 - ST: RELIGION & CONCEPT OF TIME, Spring 2011

                HIST 4790 - American Religious History, Fall 2010

                RELS 4790 - American Religious History, Fall 2010

                RELS 4990 - Religious Studies Capstone, Fall 2010

                HIST 6410 - Special Topics in Mormon History and Culture, Fall 2010


                Graduate Students Mentored

                Cory Nani, History, August 2012
                Amber Larsen, History, August 2010
                Donald Bradley, History, August 2010
                Bradley Kime, History, August 2013 - May 2015
                Scott Marianno, History, August 2012 - May 2015
                Chase Kirkham, History, August 2010 - May 2012
                Matthew Lund, History, August 2010 - May 2012
                Robert Hansen, History, August 2009 - May 2011
                Brent Haslem, History, August 2008 - May 2010
                Christopher Blythe, History, August 2008 - May 2010
                Travis Meachem, History, August 2007 - May 2009