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Benjamin E. Park
University of Cambridge
I am interested in the American cultural and intellectual environment during the 18th and 19th centuries, especially as it related to the larger Atlantic context. I am particularly drawn to tensions surrounding national identities and local contexts in early America. My current PhD dissertation explores early American conceptions of nationalism and citizenship during the decades following the Revolution, specifically how it differed according to locality, race, and gender.
My other interests include cultural and religious identity politics during the early Republic and American antebellum period. I have written and presented on Benjamin Franklin, the Transcendentalist movement, early Mormon theology and ritual, and the controversial minister Theodore Parker's challenges to traditional Christian boundaries. Most of my scholarship on these issues focus on the interactions between religious thought and cultural environment(s) as well as the relationship between Christian affiliation and American citizenship.
|List Affiliations:||List Editor for APSA-CIVED
|Interests:||Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies
Nationalism History / Studies
Religious Studies and Theology
Research and Methodology
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
I received a BA in English and history at Brigham Young University, an MSc in historical theology at the University of Edinburgh, and an MPhil in political thought and intellectual history, where I am currently a PhD candidate in history. My work has been published in Journal of Mormon History, Intermountain West Journal of Religious Studies, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and Mormon Historical Studies, and I have presented papers at the US Intellectual History Conference, Draper Graduate Student Conference in Early American Studies, British Association of American Studies, Scottish Association for the Study of America, and the Mormon History Association.