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The Latter-Day Saints Studies Initiative at The University of Utah 

The Tanner Humanities Center launched its Latter-day Saints Studies Initiative in 2010 to encourage vibrant, intellectual exploration of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its institutions, history, culture, and people on campus and in the wider community. 


jensenThe Marlin K. Jensen Scholar and artist in residence program

The Tanner Humanities Center is proud to announce its most recent Latter-day Saints Studies initiative. We have begun to raise funds to create a fellowship in the name of Marlin K. Jensen. Our Marlin K. Jensen Scholar and Artist in Residence Program will host prominent scholars with expertise in Mormon Studies or renowned artists who explore the relationship between faith and art in their work.

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graduate Research fellowship endowment


We are proud to announce the completion of our campaign to fund a graduate-level research fellowship in Latter-day SaintsStudies at the University of Utah. Since 2010, more than eighty individuals and organizations have contributed to the $400,000 fellowship endowment. We greatly appreciate the support of men and women from diverse denominations and religious traditions in making our efforts to establish Latter-day Saints Studies permanently at the University of Utah successful.

Grants from the George S. and Dolores DorĂ© Eccles Foundation provided the initial operating funding, enabling us to support our first five Mormon Studies fellows: Kate Holbrook, Max Mueller, Rosemary Avance, Saskia Tielens, Nathan Jones, and Stanley Thayne. 

With the support of our donors, the Latter-day Saints Studies Fellowship will continue to be awarded every academic year. We are happy to welcome Gavin Feller from the University of Iowa as our 2016-17 fellow. The title of his research project is "Enamored but Ambivalent: Mormonism and 20th Century New Media."

This fellowship is open to all dissertation level students of the Latter-day Saints experience from any university in the United States and from around the world. 

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With your support, the Tanner Center seeks to further expand opportunities for the academic exploration of the history, beliefs, and culture of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members.


To donate to the Latter-Day Saints Studies Initiative, please contact Paul Reeve at You can also donate online at by selecting "Tanner Humanities Center" and noting your gift for the Latter-Day Saints Studies Initiative.

Last Updated: 8/20/19