Studies at the University of Northern Colorado. She received her PhD in History, with an emphasis on U.S. Women's History, from the University of Michigan in 2006, and her Certificate of Graduate Studies in Women's Studies from U of M in 2005. She received her B.A. in History and B.S. in Women's Studies from the University of Utah in 1995. She has taught courses in Women's Studies; Feminist, Queer, and Post-Colonial Theories; U.S. and U.S. Women's History; the History of Sexuality; and Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality.
Chris's academic interests include Feminist, Queer, and post-colonial Theories, U.S. Women's history and the history of sexuality, and Mormon Studies. Her current project examines the national controversy over the practice of plural marriage in nineteenth-century Utah. She argues that the central reason most Americans objected to the practice of plural marriage was that it upset nineteenth-century gendered distinctions between public and private. In response, anti-Mormons lamented both the "utter destruction of the home circle" and "this entire prostitution of free and public government" they perceived, and worked to exclude Mormons from the American body politic. Her work contends that the virulence of anti-Mormon campaigns against polygamy demonstrates nineteenth-century Americans' investment in maintaining the public/private divide that grounds much of the practice of gender in America. A piece of that larger whole, her article, "Gender, Race, and Reynolds: Understanding the Reynolds v. United States Decision in Context" appears in the 2006 issue of the Journal of Law and Family Studies.
When she's not on campus, you can find Chris exploring all the wildness Colorado has to offer.
- "'Turkey is in Our Midst':Orientalism and Contagion in Nineteenth-Century Anti-Mormonism." Journal of Law and Family Studies, 8.2 (Summer 2006)
- "Studies in Gender-Based Censorship: An annotate Bibliography in American History." Women's Studies Program, Working Papers Series,#47, University of Michigan, Summer 1998.
- Utah Women, Religious Authority, and Equal Rights, by Martha Sonntag Bradley, Navada Historical Society Quarterly, Winter 20008.
- Leave the Dishes in the Sink: Adventures of an Activist in Conservative Utah, by Allison Cornish Thorne, Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, Spring 2009.
- The Hear of Whiteness; Normal Sexuality and Race in America, 1880-1940, by Julian B. Carter, AHA Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender History Newsletter, forthcoming.