Robert Alan Goldberg, is Professor of History and Director of the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah.  He is the author of eight books, including the Pulitzer Prize nominated Barry Goldwater and Enemies Within: The Culture of Conspiracy in Modern America. Recently, with Jackson Newell and Linda Newell, he edited Faith and Reason, Conscience and Conflict: The Paths of Lowell Bennion, Sterling McMurrin, and Obert Tanner. Goldberg has won twelve teaching honors, and in 2003, he held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the Swedish Institute for North American Studies, Uppsala University.  He received the University of Utah’s most prestigious award, the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, in 2008.  He specializes in American social and political history, popular culture, Jewish American history, and the American West. 

Paul Reeve, Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies in History at the University of Utah, specializes in Utah history, Mormon history, and the American West. He serves on the Board of Editors of the Utah Historical Quarterly and was a past board member of the Mormon History Association and the Faculty Advisory Council of the University of Utah Press. In 2015 he and Robert Goldberg co-organized “Black, White, and Mormon: A Conference on the Evolving Status of Black Saints within the Mormon Fold,” an event which addressed a controversial topic, drew national media attention, and gave voice to black Mormons in an unprecedented way. His most recent book is Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness.


We have selected faculty for “Manifest Destiny Reconsidered: The Utah Experience" based on their research expertise, publication records, and teaching abilities. This group is comprised of scholar-teachers who have dedicated their careers to the study of Utah, the Great Basin region, its peoples, history, and landmarks.  Despite their common interests, these scholar-teachers offer a diversity of perspectives and interpretations that will present Utah as the mosaic that it is. Their work has appeared in nationally recognized academic journals and with well-regarded academic presses. 

Thomas Carter is a Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Regional Architecture Program at the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Utah.  He specializes in early building traditions and vernacular architecture in the American West and is author of Building Zion: The Material World of Mormon Settlement.

Gregory E. Smoak, Director of the American West Center and Associate Professor of History at the University of Utah, specializes in American Indian, American western, environmental, and public and oral history. Smoak has worked on projects for the National Park Service, the United States Forest Service, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, the Big Sandy Rancheria of Western Mono Indians, and the Navajo Nation.  He wrote Ghost Dances and Identity: Prophetic Religion and American Indian Ethnogenesis in the Nineteenth Century.

Keith Erekson, Director of the LDS Church History Library, is a prominent and award-winning scholar of educational methodology in historical fields. Trained at the University of Texas at El Paso and Indiana University, Dr. Erekson offers workshops to school teachers and history professionals nationwide.

Matt Grow is Director of Publications for the LDS Church History Department and author of  “Liberty to the Downtrodden”: Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer.  He is a University of Notre Dame trained historian and leading expert on the Utah War and Mountain Meadows Massacre.

Jeff Nokes is an Assistant Professor of History at Brigham Young University and a former middle school and high school teacher.  Nokes wrote Building Students’ Historical Literacies: Learning to Read and Reason with Historical Texts and Evidence and conducts workshops on the Bear River Massacre for Utah history teachers from across the state.

Andrea Radke-Moss, a professor of history at Brigham Young University-Idaho and author of Bright Epoch: Women and Coeducation in the American West. Her expertise in is American history, the American West, the Industrial Age and Progressive Era, suffrage, and women’s history.

Quinn Rollins teaches in the Granite School District and has taught Utah history to middle school students, facilitated professional development and continuing education for K-12 teachers, participated in five previous NEH workshops, and served as a peer teacher for a 2014 NEH Landmarks workshop.  Rollins also works with the Utah State Office of Education on core documents, materials adoption, and assessment. He is the author of Play Like a PIRATE: Engage Students with Toys, Games, and Comics.

Richard Sadler is Professor of History at Weber State University and a community historian who specializes in U.S., western, public, and railroad history. He also served as faculty for several Teaching American History Grants, which included classroom teaching and travel to historical sites.

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is a 300th Anniversary University Professor of History at Harvard University, past President of the American Historical Association, and a former MacArthur Fellow. She is the author of many articles and books on early American history, women’s history, and material culture, including the Pulitzer-Prize winning A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 and the forthcoming A House Full of Females: Mormon Diaries, 1835-1870.

This workshop also will rely on the expertise of on-site historians at several landmark locations, including This is the Place Heritage Park, Camp Floyd State Park and Museum, The Fort Douglas Military Museum, The Golden Spike National Historic Site at Promontory Summit, and the Utah State Railroad Museum.


NEH Disclaimer: Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Last Updated: 2/16/17