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Reginald S. Lilly, Professor of Philosophy

Ruby Grande

David Howlett 2013

David Howlett
Visiting Assistant Professor

Office:  Ladd 107B
Phone:  (518)-580-8404


  • Ph.D., The University of Iowa (Religious Studies, 2010)
  • M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City (History, 2004)
  • B.S.E., University of Central Missouri (Secondary Education in Social Studies, 2001)

Teaching and Research Interests:

  • Religions in North America: Mormonisms; Native American religions; the Social Gospel movement; Judaism; intentional communities
  • History of religions: sacred space; pilgrimage; millennialism; ritual and performance 
  • History of Christianity: global Christianity; missions and imperialism; Christianity, childhood, and adolescence; Christianity and lived religion
Published Works:
  • The Kirtland Temple: The Biography of a Shared Mormon Sacred Space (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming, spring 2014).
  • " ‘We’re Not the Mormons’: Alterity and Church History in the Community of Christ,” Fides et Historia 45, no. 1 (2013): 101-108.
  • "Restorationist Studies: The Future of the New Mormon History," Journal of Mormon History, 35, no. 3 (2009): 200-204.
  • "Eating Vegetables to Build Zion:  RLDS Children in the 1920s." Journal of Mormon History, 35, no. 1 (2009): 1-22.
  • "The Restoration Branches Movement:  Bodily Boundaries and Bodily Crossings," in Scattering the Saints: Schism within Mormonism, eds. Newell G. Bringhurst and John C. Hamer, 315-330. Independence, Missouri: John Whitmer Books, 2007.
  • "The Death and Resurrection of the RLDS Zion: A Case Study in 'Failed Prophecy,’ 1930-1970." Dialogue:  A Journal of Mormon Thought, 40, no. 3 (2007): 112-131.
  • "The Bruderhof's 'System of Objects': A Study in Material Culture and Christian Praxis." Communal Societies, 26, no. 2 (2006): 19-42.
  • "Historians on Defining Hegemony in Missionary-Native Relations." Fides et Historia, 37, no. 1 (2005):  17-24.
  • Twelve book reviews in journals such as Church History, Religious Studies Review, Journal of Mormon History, and Journal of Illinois History.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Modern Christianity, Bowdoin College, 2011-2013
  • Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellowship, the University of Iowa, 2009-2010
  • Marcus Bach Dissertation Fellowship, the University of Iowa (declined)