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Carter Charles

Carter Charles

Assistant Professor
Church History and Doctrine

Biography

A native of Haiti, Carter Charles joined BYU's Department of Church History & Doctrine in the Fall 2018. Prior to coming to BYU, he was a tenured faculty at University Bordeaux Montaigne (France), where he obtained all of his degrees, to wit: a B.A in Linguistics, Literature and History of Anglophone Countries (2004); an M.A. in American Studies (thesis title: “Priesthood and Leadership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” 2005); another M.A. in the same discipline (2007) with a thesis titled “‘The Kingdom of God on Earth’: Latter-day Saints, Politics and the Republican Party”); and a PhD (2013) with a dissertation titled "The Political Integration of Mormons in the United States, from Reed Smoot to Mitt Romney."

Carter Charles taught English as a second language and for specific purposes at different levels in the French secondary and higher education system from 2006 to 2014 before transferring full-time to higher education. He has taught courses in American Studies, Translation (French-English), Intercultural Studies, and in Religious and Gender Studies programs. He is the author of several articles, book chapters and reviews, and of a book ambitiously titled Tout savoir sur la religion mormone (All you need to know about Mormonisom, 2018).

Aside from writing (typing, rather), he likes to use his hands to garden or do home improvement projects, if not ex nihilo constructions, or whatever makes him feel that he is living by the sweat of his brow.

Languages: Haitian Creole and French (native); Engish (near-native); and Spanish (read, write and basic conversation)

Professional Citizenship

  • Committee/Council Member, Mormon History Association - Book Awards Committee, 2019-12-01 - 2019-12-31 - Present
  • Committee/Council Member, Global Mormon Studies Network, 2018-06-01 - 2018-06-30 - Present
  • Other, Decentered Mormonism: Assessing 180 of International Expansion, 2018-03-01 - 2018-03-31 - 2019-03-01 - 2019-03-31

Courses Taught

2020

  • REL C 225 : Section 007
  • REL C 225 : Section 018
  • REL C 225 : Section 032
  • REL C 225 : Section 034
  • REL C 324 : Section 013
  • REL C 225 : Section 001
  • REL C 225 : Section 002
  • REL C 225 : Section 005
  • REL C 225 : Section 005
  • REL C 225 : Section 019
  • CREOL 340 : Section 001

2019

  • REL C 225 : Section 010
  • REL C 225 : Section 015
  • REL C 225 : Section 019
  • REL C 225 : Section 032
  • REL C 225 : Section 008
  • REL C 225 : Section 014
  • CREOL 340 : Section 001

2018

  • REL C 225 : Section 019
  • REL C 225 : Section 023
  • REL C 324 : Section 008

Presentations

  • Charles C. “Third Millennium Religious Dynamics in the Twentieth Century: Jean Finot Challenges Weber”. Re-Enchanting the World: Spiritualities and Religions of the Third Millennium. September, 2019.
  • Charles C. “Latter-day Saint Women, Black Americans and the Limits of Integration”. “Isolation and Integration” - 2019 Annual Conference of the Mormon History Association. June, 2019.
  • Charles C. Mormonism in Haiti: A Foreign or a Haitian Religion? . Mormon History Association - Idaho 2018. June, 2018.
  • Charles C. Mormon Studies in France: A Durkheimian Tradition. Towards Global Mormon Studies. March, 2018.
  • Charles C. “‘The Wisest Course’: Mormonism and the Challenge/Advantages of Secularism”. “Secularism and the Mormon Response” Summer Seminar. July, 2016.
  • Charles C. “The Mormon Church and LGBT Issues: Stepping Forward and Holding on to ‘Traditions’?”. “Homosexuality and Monotheistic Traditions”. March, 2015.
  • Charles C. “'Satan’s Brother': Mitt Romney and Religion in US Presidential Politics in the Media”. “Minority Religions and the Media: The Case of Mormonism in Europe and in the United States” . December, 2014.
  • Charles C. “‘Mormonism is neither a Church nor a religion’ or how American Protestantism Preserved its Hegemonic Religious Model against the ‘Mormon Menace’”. “The United States: Models, Counter-Models, End of Models…?". May, 2014.
  • Charles C. “Mormonism in American Context: From ‘Theocracy’ to ‘Mainstream’ Religion?”. "Profane Imprints on the Sacred: What Religion Owes to Politics". June, 2010.
Carter Charles