David J. Howlett

David J. Howlett specializes in the history of religions in North America and teaches courses on Mormonism, Native American religions, the anthropology of pilgrimage, and globalization and religion. His first book, Kirtland Temple: The Biography of a Shared Mormon Sacred Space (Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 2014) analyzes how religious rivals engage in cooperation and contestation at a shared pilgrimage site. His second book, Mormonism: The Basics (Routledge, 2016) is co-authored with John-Charles Duffy. This work offers a topical introduction to the various streams of Mormonism and addresses, more broadly, how minority religions work out their place within a larger society and how young religions diversify over time.  David’s current research projects include a comparative study of contemporary young adult Americans on pilgrimage, and a study of the post-1960s glocalization of the Community of Christ/RLDS church in India and the United States. David has served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Mormon History, the John Whitmer Historical Association Journal, and the Mormon Studies Review. In addition, he has served as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (Bowdoin College), a teaching professor (Skidmore College), a visiting assistant professor (Kenyon College), and a Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor in Public Discourse and Writing in the Discipline (Smith College).