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Graduate Student Research Fellow, Eisenberg Institute for Historical StudiesPh.D. Candidate, History
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Amanda Hendrix-Komoto is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan. She holds a B.A. from the College of Idaho and an M.Ed. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her dissertation research asks whether the Mormon practice of polygamy affected the way that they understood sexual practices of indigenous people. She is also interested in how racial and gendered discourses affected responses to Mormon missionary work in the Pacific, the American West, and Great Britain. Her broader interests include the history of the American West, colonialism, women’s history, and religious minorities.
During 2014-2015, Amanda will visit archives in Salt Lake City and Hawai’i to explore what family histories and autobiographies can tell us about the intimate, everyday details of women’s lives in Utah and the Pacific. Although these histories often lack traditional documentation and interweave family lore with details taken from surviving records, they are often the only sources available for the lives of people who worked on Mormon sugar plantations in Hawai’i or who lived outside of Salt Lake City in Utah. By paying close attention to the types of stories that these records tell, Amanda hopes to create a history of Mormon daily life in the nineteenth century.
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