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Church History and Doctrine

Message from the Chair

The Department of Church History and Doctrine seeks to assist students and other Latter-day Saints in their quest for eternal life by teaching and researching the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. While their primary purpose is to teach and mentor students in a classroom setting in ways that are both intellectually enlarging and spiritually strengthening, faculty members also produce scholarship for the larger academic and LDS communities. The department encourages teaching and scholarship that conform to the highest academic standards, and that leads to thoughtful, meaningful discussions of the church’s history, faith, and people. 

August 01, 2019 07:11 PM
Department Chair
Office: 375B JSB
Phone: 801-422-5164
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Alexander L. Baugh is a professor and chair of the Department of Church History and Doctrine at BYU where he has been a full-time faculty member since 1995. He received his BS from Utah State University, and his MA and PhD degrees from Brigham Young University. He specializes in researching and writing about the Missouri period of early LDS Church history (1831–1839). He is the author, editor, or co-editor of eight books. In addition, he has published over eighty historical journal articles, essays, and book chapters. He is a member of the Mormon History Association and the John Whitmer Historical Association, having served as president of that organization in 2006–2007. He is also the past editor of Mormon Historical Studies, and past co-director of research for the BYU Religious Studies Center. He also serves as an editor of three volumes of the Document series for the Joseph Smith Papers. He is married to the former Susan Johnson and they are the parents of five children. He and his wife reside in Highland, Utah. 
August 20, 2019 03:36 PM
Associate Chair
Office: 365B JSB
Phone: 801-422-2172
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Anthony R. Sweat grew up in West Valley City, Utah and served a mission to Bolivia, La Paz. He received a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Utah (1999) and his M.Ed (2005) and his Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction (2011) from Utah State University. Prior to joining the religion faculty at BYU he worked for thirteen years with Seminaries and Institutes of Religion. Dr. Sweat is the author of several books and articles related to the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He centers his research on factors that influence effective religious education. As a practicing artist, his paintings center on previously undepicted, important aspects of LDS history to promote visual learning. His outside interests include basketball, triathlon, and painting. Anthony and his wife, Cindy, are the parents of seven children and reside in Springville, Utah.
August 19, 2020 10:09 PM
Department Secretary
Office: 375 JSB
Phone: 801-422-3691
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Connie Brace serves as the Department Secretary of Church History & Doctrine. She is the executive assistant to the Chair and assists department faculty with travel, budgeting, and class scheduling issues. She also manages student hiring and maintains Y-time, serves as the key rep for scheduling and classroom changes, and handles textbook requests. She serves as the office manager and supervises department receptionists.