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Current and Past May Fellows


Jaclyn Foster (2018 - 2020)


Lori Wilkinson (2017 - 2019)


Travis E. Ross (PhD, 2017) currently holds an appointment as a Lecturer in the Department of History at Yale University, where he teaches courses about the North American West. Titled “History, Inc.—Hubert Howe Bancroft’s History Company and the Problem of Selling the Past,” Ross’s dissertation won the department’s 2017 dissertation prize as well as the 2019 Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award from the American Library Association. In his final year in the program, Ross worked for the Utah Division of State History as the project manager, research historian, lead author, and co-curator of Utah Drawn: An Exhibition of Rare Maps, which won the 2018 Autry Public Prize from the Western History Association.

Ross benefitted from generous support as a graduate student at the U, including the department’s Dean L. May Graduate Fellowship (2011–2013), a Floyd A. O’Neil Fellow at the American West Center (2012–2013), a Doctoral Research Fellow at the Tanner Humanities Center (2014–2015), and an Ellen Christina Steffensen Cannon Graduate Scholar (2015–2017). Anyone interested in contacting him can find his current CV and contact information at

Jeff Turner has undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Washington State University, and a MA in Religion from Claremont Graduate University.  He is a PhD student in U.S. History, and focuses on religious conversion and migration in the American West.  He is currently working on a project that analyzes the Mormon response to 1920s U.S. immigration restriction policy.  After completing the program, Jeff hopes to teach American History.

Jessica Young graduated summa cum laude in 2014 with her Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Religious Studies from The Ohio State University.  Jessica studies American religious history and gender in the nineteenth century. She focuses on questions of religion and identity formation, women in religion, religion as it creates lifestyles and communities, and religion’s influence on the lives of ordinary people. While utilizing the Dean L. May Fellowship she created two original research papers entitled “The Power of Words: Plural Wives’ Rhetoric About Polygamy During the Mormon Underground” and “The Mormon Underground and Its Challenges to Victorian Masculinity.” Thanks to the generous Dean L. May Fellowship Jessica will earn her Masters of Arts in History in 2016. She plans to pursue work in museums so she can share her passion for and knowledge of US religious history with the public.


Last Updated: 8/2/21