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Benjamin E. Park

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Benjamin E. Park
🏳️ NationalityUnited States
🎓 Alma materBrigham Young
U. of Edinburgh
(MS, historical theology, 2010)
(M. Phil., political and intellectual history, 2011; PhD, history, 2014)
💼 Occupation
👔 EmployerSam Houston State University
🏅 Awards2011 New Voices Award, Dialogue Foundation
2011 and 2013 J. Talmage Jones Awards of Excellence, Mormon History Association[1]
🌐 WebsiteProfessorPark.Wordpress.com

Benjamin E. "Ben" Park is an American historian concentrating on early American political, religious, and intellectual history; history of gender; religious studies; slavery and anti-slavery; and Atlantic history. Park is assistant professor at Sam Houston State University.[2]

Park is a member of the executive committee of the Mormon History Association (2017– ),[3] editor the Mormon Studies [book] Series for Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (2016– ),[4] associate editor of Mormon Studies Review (2013– ),[5] member of the editorial board of the Journal of Mormon History (2012–2015), a founder and editor of The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History (2012– ),[6] a founder and co-editor of the Patheos.com column Peculiar People (2012–2015),[7] member of the editorial board of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (2011–2012), a founder and contributing editor at Juvenile Instructor: A Mormon History Blog (2007– ). Park has also been manuscript referees for Oxford University Press, State University of New York Press, and Brigham Young University Press, and has been journal referees for Journal of the Early Republic, Journal of Religious History, American Political Thought, Journal of Religion and Ethics, Politics, Religion, & Ideology, Eras Journal, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Journal of Mormon History, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and BYU Studies Quarterly.[8][9][10]


Park received his bachelor's degree in both English and history from Brigham Young University in 2009. He then went on to study at the University of Edinburgh. After that he studied at the University of Cambridge completing a doctorate there in 2014. Before joining the faculty of Sam Houston State (2016), Park lectured as the University of Missouri as the inaugural postdoctoral fellow in history at the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy (2014–2016)[11][12] and as a supervisor and lecturer in history at the University of Cambridge (2012–2014).

As a young Latter-day Saint, Park served as a missionary for the LDS Church in the Washington, DC area.

During 2014 a book review by Park (viz. of David F. Holland's Sacred Borders: Continuing Revelation and Canonical Restraint in Early America[13]) catalyzed some controversy among the Mormon apologetics community. Within his review, Park advocated for the robustly secular framework of 19th-century historical studies within which to engage the greater religious studies academy with regard to Book of Mormon studies.[14][15][16][17][18]

In 2017, Park joined twenty other Mormon studies scholars in signing a friend-of-the-court brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court with regard its review of Trump Administration's travel bans. The brief draws parallels between historical U.S. government-promoted anti-Mormon sentiments and the allegedly anti-Muslim atmosphere of the proposed bans.[19][20][21] In 2017 Park was among and ten co-authors publishing "Shoulder to the Wheel: Resources to Help Latter-day Saints Face Racism ..."[22][23]


Park's publications include a book, book reviews, academic book chapters, reference-book entries, journal articles,[24] and general audience opinion essays.[25]


  • American Nationalisms: Imagining Union in the Age of Revolutions, 1783-1833. Cambridge University Press. 2018. ISBN 978-1108420372. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png [26] [12]


  • "Review". Journal of American Studies. 2017 ( — of Colleen A. Shehann, The Mind of James Madison: The Legacy of Classical Republicanism. New York: Cambridge University Press)
  • "Review". Journal of the Early Republic. 2016 ( — of Jonathan Den Hartog, Patriotism and Piety: Federalist Politics and Religious Struggle in the New American Nation. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press)
  • "Review". Journal of American History. 2016 ( — of Stephanie Kirk & Sarah Rivett, eds., Religious Transformation in the Early Modern Americas. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press)
  • "Review". Journal of Mormon History. 2016 ( — of Terryl L. Givens & Reid L. Neilson, The Columbia Sourcebook of Mormons in the United States. New York: Columbia University Press)
  • "The Mormon Council of Fifty: What Joseph Smith's Secret Records Reveal". Religion & Politics. 2016 (review of Matthew J. Grow et al., eds., Administrative Records, Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844–January 1846. Salt Lake City: Church Historian's Press)
  • "Review". William and Mary Quarterly. 2015 ( — of Sam Haselby, The Origins of American Religious Nationalism. New York: Oxford University Press)
  • "Review". Women’s History Review. 2015 ( — of Claudia Stokes, The Altar at Home: Sentimental Literature and Nineteenth-Century American Religion. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press)
  • "The Vindication of William Lloyd Garrison". United States Intellectual History Blog. 2015 (review of W. Caleb McDaniel, The Problem of Democracy in the Age of Slavery: Garrisonian Abolitionists and Atlantic Reform. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press)
  • "Review". Christian Century. 2015 ( — of Alex Beam, American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church. New York: PublicAffairs)
  • "Review". Journal of Mormon History. 2013 ( — of J. Spencer Fluhman, Peculiar People: Anti-Mormonism and the Making of Religion in Nineteenth-Century America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press)
  • "Review". Journal of Mormon History. 2012 ( — of David Holland, Sacred Borders: Continuing Revelation and Canonical Restraint in Early America. New York: Oxford University Press)
  • "Sorry, Grim Reaper – Families Are Forever". Patheos.com. 2012 (review of Samuel M. Brown, In Heaven as It is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death. New York: Oxford University Press)
  • "Review" (PDF). 49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies. 2011 ( — of Christopher Flynn, Americans in British Literature, 1770-1832. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate)

[Year] in Retrospect series[edit]

  1. "2009 in Retrospect: A Glance at Important [Mormon history] Books and Articles from the Last 12 Months". Juvenile Instructor.
  2. "2010 ( — )".
  3. "2011 ( — )".
  4. "2012 ( — )".
  5. "2013 ( — )".
  6. "2014 ( — )".
  7. "2015 ( — )".
  8. "2016 ( — )".

Books in progress[edit]

  • Transcendental Abolition: European Theology, American Thought, and Defining Democracy in the Nineteenth Century
  • Democracy’s Discontents: A Story of Politics, Polygamy, and Power in Mormon Nauvoo


Other articles of the topics Biography AND History : Chronological list of Old Testament Saints, George Right Smith, Matthew Stanley (professor)

Other articles of the topic Biography : Ralph Hickox, Dom DeLuise, Najib Tareque, E Gazakoff, Al Stefanelli, Razaq Juwon Lawal, Heth and Jed

Other articles of the topic History : Currency, Timeline of Square, Artuk Bey (character), 1 BC, George Right Smith, The family of Mahatma Gandhi, Matthew Stanley (professor)
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  1. "Benjamin E. Park (C.V.)" (PDF).
  2. "H-Net People".
  3. "Mormon History Association". Mormon History Association. Retrieved 2017-08-19.
  4. "Mormon Studies Series". Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2017-08-19.
  5. B Park (2013-11-25). "Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship". Mi.byu.edu. Retrieved 2017-08-19.
  6. "Ben Park « The Junto". Earlyamericanists.com. Retrieved 2017-08-19.
  7. "About - Peculiar People". Patheos.com. 2017-08-03. Retrieved 2017-08-19.
  8. Peggy Fletcher Stack. "Shake-up hits BYU's Mormon studies institute - The Salt Lake Tribune". Archive.sltrib.com. Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2017-08-19.
  9. Peggy Fletcher Stack. "Split emerges among Mormon scholars - The Salt Lake Tribune". Archive.sltrib.com. Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2017-08-19.
  10. "Historian Ronald Walker, who wrote with candor and grace about Mountain Meadows and other Mormon moments, dies - The Salt Lake Tribune". Sltrib.com. Retrieved 2017-08-19.
  11. "Kinder Fellow Benjamin Park's Lecture on Early Ideas of Nation – Kinder Institute". Democracy.missouri.edu. Retrieved 2017-08-19.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Benjamin E. Park (April 13, 2017). "The Democratic Lineage of Trump's Ethnic Nationalism". Startingpointsjournal.com. Retrieved 2017-08-19.
  13. Benjamin E. Park (2014). "The Book of Mormon and Early America's Political and Intellectual Tradition". Journal of Book of Mormon Studies. 23 (1): 9.
  14. Ralph C. Hancock (2014-12-19). "From Apologetics to Mormon Studies: The Case of Benjamin Park - with Reference to Dan Peterson, David Holland, and Terryl Givens". Patheos.com. Retrieved 2017-08-19.
  15. Ralph C. Hancock (2014-12-24). "Intellect and Affection – How to Be a Faithful Mormon Intellectual". Patheos.com. Retrieved 2017-08-19.
  16. William J. Hamblin (2014-12-12). "Clarification on Park's View?". Patheos.com. Retrieved 2017-08-19.
  17. "Hamblin's Misreading". Patheos.com. 2014-12-14. Retrieved 2017-08-19.
  18. "News and Politics: From Benjamin Park: A Statement Regarding a Recent Review Essay". Times & Seasons. December 15, 2014.
  19. Walch, Tad. "Mormon historians battle Trump in friend-of-the-court brief". Deseret News. Retrieved 2017-08-19.
  20. Mims, Bob. "Mormon scholars take challenge to Trump's proposed travel ban to U.S. Supreme Court - The Salt Lake Tribune". Sltrib.com. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  21. "16-1436, 16-1540 (Amicus) Brief of Scholars of Mormon History and Law".
  22. "Commentary: Putting our shoulders to the wheel to end racism and white supremacy in Mormonism". Salt Lake Tribune. August 17, 2017.
  23. Danielle Dubrasky, Aimee Evans Hickman, Rebecca de Schweinitz, Joanna Brooks, Emily Clyde Curtis, Cynthia Bailey Lee, Benjamin Park, Emily Jensen, Miguel Barker-Valdez, & Rachel Mabey-Whipple. "Resources - Shoulder to the Wheel". shouldertothewheel.org.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  24. "Publications". Benjamin E. Park. Retrieved 2017-08-19.
  25. "Columns, Media, & Blogs". Benjamin E. Park. Retrieved 2017-08-19.
  26. "American nationalisms imagining union age revolutions 17831833 | Early republic and antebellum history | Cambridge University Press". Admin.cambridge.org. 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2017-08-29.


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