Skip to main content
Religious Education Faculty Photos/Religious Education Faculty Photos/JB_Haws_2011.jpg

J. B. Haws

Associate Dean
Religious Education

370D JSB
Provo, UT 84602

Biography

J.B. Haws is an associate professor of Church History and Doctrine at BYU. He is the author of The Mormon Image in the American Mind: Fifty Years of Public Perception (Oxford, 2013). His PhD from the University of Utah is in American History. He is also interested in interfaith dialogue; he served as the coordinator of BYU's Office of Religious Outreach from 2016-2018. Before coming to BYU, J.B. taught seminary in northern Utah, in Salt Lake and Weber Counties. His research interests center on the place of Mormonism in twentieth- and twenty-first century America. As for his interest in history generally, he asks how could you not be interested in history when you come from a place that in pioneer-times Utah was known as “Muskrat Springs” (now Hooper)?

He is married to the beautiful Laura Favero, which he submits as yet another evidence that miracles have not ceased! They are the parents of three boys and a daughter, and they love living in Provo and cheering (sometimes too fanatically) for the Cougars.

He served a Spanish-speaking mission in Raleigh, North Carolina, so he speaks Spanish with a slight Southern accent (and English with a heavy Hooper, Utah accent).

Areas of research: Twentieth- and twenty-first-century Latter-day Saint history, public perception of Latter-day Saints, trends in recent Mormon historical work, contemporary American religions and interfaith dialogue

Education

  • PhD, American History , Latin American History; Anthropology, institution ( 2010-01-01 - 2010-12-31 )
  • MA, Religious Education , institution ( 2003-01-01 - 2003-12-31 )
  • Bachelor of Integrated Studies, History; Mathematics; Spanish , institution ( 1997-01-01 - 1997-12-31 )

Honors and Awards

  • Inaugural Smith-Pettit Dissertation Award in Mormon History

Professional Citizenship

  • Board Member, Mormon History Association, 2014-06-01 - 2014-06-30 - Present
  • Member, Mormon-Evangelical Semiannual Dialogue Group, 2011-01-01 - 2011-12-31 - Present
  • Conference-Related Role, Mormon History Association 2014 Program Committee, 2013-01-01 - 2013-12-31 - 2013-01-01 - 2013-12-31

Courses Taught

2020

  • REL C 343 : Section 001
  • REL C 343 : Section 001

2019

  • REL C 353 : Section 001
  • REL C 343 : Section 001
  • REL C 343 : Section 002
  • REL C 343 : Section 001
  • REL C 343 : Section 002

2018

  • REL C 343 : Section 001
  • REL C 343 : Section 002
  • REL E 650 : Section 001
  • REL C 353 : Section 001
  • REL C 353 : Section 002
  • REL C 225 : Section 015
  • REL C 225 : Section 020

2017

  • REL C 225 : Section 022
  • REL C 225 : Section 026
  • REL C 343 : Section 001
  • REL C 343 : Section 002
  • REL C 225 : Section 001
  • REL C 225 : Section 002
  • REL C 225 : Section 002
  • REL C 225 : Section 007
  • REL C 325 : Section 017
  • REL C 325 : Section 019

2016

  • REL C 225 : Section 003
  • REL C 225 : Section 007
  • REL C 324 : Section 020
  • REL C 324 : Section 022
  • REL C 225 : Section 001
  • REL C 225 : Section 003
  • REL C 225 : Section 007
  • REL C 325 : Section 020
  • REL C 325 : Section 022

2015

  • REL C 225 : Section 003
  • REL C 225 : Section 007
  • REL C 324 : Section 022
  • REL C 324 : Section 024
  • REL C 324 : Section 002
  • REL C 325 : Section 005
  • REL C 325 : Section 010
  • REL C 325 : Section 014
  • REL C 325 : Section 023

2014

  • REL C 431 : Section 001
  • REL C 324 : Section 019
  • REL C 324 : Section 023
  • REL C 324 : Section 028
  • REL C 324 : Section 002
  • REL C 324 : Section 004
  • REL C 324 : Section 006
  • REL C 324 : Section 010
  • REL C 325 : Section 010
  • REL C 325 : Section 014

2013

  • REL C 431 : Section 001
  • REL C 324 : Section 019
  • REL C 324 : Section 023
  • REL C 324 : Section 031
  • REL C 341 : Section 001
  • REL C 341 : Section 002
  • REL C 324 : Section 020
  • REL C 325 : Section 010
  • REL C 325 : Section 015

2012

  • REL C 324 : Section 020
  • REL C 324 : Section 026
  • REL C 324 : Section 032
  • REL C 325 : Section 009
  • REL C 325 : Section 012
  • REL C 324 : Section 014
  • REL C 324 : Section 018
  • REL C 324 : Section 020

2011

  • REL C 324 : Section 006
  • REL C 324 : Section 016
  • REL C 324 : Section 021
  • REL C 324 : Section 025

Publications

  • Manscill CK, Reeves BD, Dorius GL, Haws JB. November, 2013. Joseph F Smith: Reflections on the Man and His Times. Firstth ed. Craig K. Manscill, Brian D. Reeves, Guy L. Dorius, J. B. Haws, editors. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University.
  • Haws JB. November, 2011. From The God Makers to the Myth Maker: Simultaneous--and Lasting--Challenges to Mormonism's Reputation in the 1980s. 1st ed. Alexander L. Baugh, editor. Salt Lake City, Utah: Mormon Historic Sites Foundation.

Presentations

  • Haws JB. Symbol and Catalyst: The Felt Impact of Historical Scholarship on Mormonism and Race since 2012. American Society of Church History annual meeting. January, 2019.
  • Haws JB. Mormon Theology, Orthodox Terminology. International Orthodox Theological Association inaugural meeting. January, 2019.
  • Haws JB. Three Decades of Change in the Institutional Support of Mormon Women’s History. American Society of Church History annual meeting. January, 2018.
  • Haws JB. ‘Seeing through a Glass Darkly’: Scriptural and Historical Reflections on the Question, Do We Know Enough? Responding to Tom Oord’s The Uncontrolling Love of God. American Academy of Religion annual meeting. November, 2017.
  • Haws JB. The Doing of Mormon History in the Past Two Decades: Institutional Actions and Reactions. Mormon History Association annual meeting. June, 2017.
  • Haws JB. Thinking about Church History and Doctrine. HBLL Town Meeting. December, 2016.
  • Haws JB. “Mormon Theology, Orthodox Terminology: Essence, Energies, and Extaltation” . American Academy of Religion. November, 2016.
  • Haws JB. A More "Public" Public Affairs Post-Romney: Part "External Communications," Part "Internal Communications". Mormon Media Studies Symposium. November, 2016.
  • Haws JB. Church History in the Internet Age: Open, Transparent, and Official. Mormon Media Studies Symposium. November, 2016.
  • Haws JB. “Three Decades of Change in Institutional Support of Mormon Women’s History” . Conference on Faith and History. October, 2016.
  • Haws JB. Civility and Respect. BYU Women's Conference. May, 2016.
  • Haws JB. “‘Mainstream Enough’?: Navigating Recent Currents in American Public Perception of Mormons” . Utah Valley University Mormon Studies Conference. April, 2016.
  • Haws JB. Part Serendipity, Part Strategy: The Public Image Boost of the 1936 Mormon Welfare Plan as an Exception to America’s ‘Religious Depression’. American Society of Church History Annual Meeting. January, 2016.
  • Haws JB. The Lost 116 Pages Story: What We Do Know, What We Don't Know, and What We Might Know. Sidney B Sperry Symposium . October, 2015.
  • Haws JB. Evangelicals and Mormons Overcoming Hate Speech. World Parliament of Religions. October, 2015.
  • Haws JB. "Out of Obscurity": From the World’s Fair to the Worldwide Church, 1965–2015 . Education Week. August, 2015.
  • Haws JB. "The Minute You Walk out the Door, Forget Yourself and Start Concentrating on Others": Why Selflessness Matters Now More than Ever . Education Week. August, 2015.
  • Haws JB. Mormons and Evangelical Christians in the United States: Religious Identity-Making in Modern America. International Association for the History of Religions, World Congress. August, 2015.
  • Haws JB. Thirty Years after the Forgeries: The Public Opinion Impact of Mormon History—and of a New Generation of Mormon Historians. Mormon History Association Annual Conference. June, 2015.
  • Haws JB. A Mentor and a Mentality: Shaping a Generation of Mormon Historians. Claremont Mormon Studies Conference. March, 2015.
  • Haws JB. What’s Changing in Mormonism. Faith and Knowledge Conference. February, 2015.
  • Haws JB. 2008, 2012, and Today: The Impact of a Half-Century of American "Mormon Moments". Religious Minorities in the Medias. December, 2014.
  • Haws JB. 2008, 2012, and Today. Mormon Media Studies Symposium. October, 2014.
  • Haws JB. A Mentor and a Mentality: Richard Bushman and the Shaping of a Generation of Mormon Historians. Conference on Faith and History. September, 2014.
  • Haws JB. When It Was "Do or Die" for the ERA: Mormon Power in Politics, Mormon Power in Public Perception. Mormon History Association Annual Conference. June, 2014.
  • Haws JB. BYU Women's Conference. May, 2014.
  • Haws JB. The Freeze and the Thaw: The LDS Church and the State in Ghana of the 1980s. Church History Symposium. March, 2014.
  • Haws JB. The Bible and the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon in Zion: A Celebration of the Other Testament of Jesus Christ. March, 2014.
  • Haws JB. The Romney Lens: A Bifocal Approach to Mormonism and American Religion in the Past Half-Century. Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies. December, 2013.
  • Haws JB. In the Conversation: The LDS Public Affairs Department and the Shaping of Public Perception from Romney to Romney. Raymond E and Ida Lee Beckham Lecture Series. October, 2013.
  • Haws JB. Two Anniversary Wagon Trains, Two Time Magazine Cover Stories: Pioneer Reenactments, the Press, and the Public Image of Mormonism—1947 and 1997. Mormon History Association Annual Conference. June, 2013.
  • Haws JB. George Romney-as Mormon, Mitt Romney-as-Mormonism: A 1980s "Institution-Versus-Individual" Disconnect in American Public Opinion. Mormonism and Exoticism. May, 2013.
  • Haws JB. Not Your Father's Presidential Campaign: George Romney-as-Mormon, Mitt Romney-as-Mormonism. American Academy of Religion Annual Meetings. November, 2012.
  • Haws JB. Why the "Molympics" Didn't Happen: A Case Study in Latter-day Saint Public Perception Proactivity. Mormon Media Studies Symposium. November, 2012.
  • Haws JB. The Doctrine and Covenants as a Book of Prophecy. 2012 Sidney B Sperry Symposium. October, 2012.
  • Haws JB. When It Was "Do or Die for the ERA": Mormon Power in Politics, Mormon Power in Public Perception . Conference on Faith and History. October, 2012.
  • Haws JB. The "Zeniff" of Church Historic Sites: Wilford Wood's Zeal. 2012 Regional Study in Church History. July, 2012.
  • Haws JB. Marching Off Relief: Mormons and the Media during the Great Depression. Mormon History Association Annual Meeting. June, 2012.
  • Haws JB. "Honored and Respected Even As Our Father Was": President Joseph F Smith's Encouragement of His Brother, Patriarch John Smith. 2012 Church History Symposium. March, 2012.
J. B. Haws