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Amanda Hendrix-Komoto

Doctoral Candidate in History

1029 Tisch Hall, Ann Arbor MI, 48109-1003
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Organizer, Religion in American History Workshop
  • Fields of Study
    • Modern Britain, 18th/19th Century U.S., Colonialism, Gender/Sexuality, Missionary Movements in the American West and the Pacific
  • About

    Amanda Hendrix-Komoto’s dissertation focuses on the imperial and sexual politics of Mormon missionary work in the nineteenth century. I use the family histories of Addison Pratt, Joseph Smith’s brother Hyrum, and Brigham Young to compare and contrast Mormon missionary work in the Pacific with that in Great Britain. Doing so highlights the ways in which Mormon missionary work among white, middle class men and women differed from that among indigenous people and allows me to ask how Mormon responses to indigenous polygamy were shaped by their own marital practices. In a dissertation that spans multiple generations and geographies, I endeavor to connect the history of early-nineteenth-century America to the colonization of the Pacific and the American West.  


    2014 – 5, Junior Fellow of the Sweetland Writing Center
    2013 – 4, Rackham Pre-doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
    2013, Fellow of the Western History Dissertation Writing Workshop
    2012, W.M. Keck Foundation Fellow, Huntington Library
    2012, Friends of the J. Willard Marriott Library Research Grant, University of Utah
    2012, Charles Redd Fellow in Western American History, Brigham Young University
    2012, Community of Scholars, Institute for Research on Women and Gender
    2011, Rackham International Research Award,
    2010, Fellow of the Joseph Smith Summer Seminar, Mormon Scholars Foundation
    2008 – 13, Rackham Merit Fellowship


    “Brigham Young’s Apostate Wife: Ann Eliza Young and the Domestic Politics of the Lyceum,” Organization of American Historians, Atlanta, GA, April 10 – 13, 2014 (Forthcoming)

    “Defining Marriage within the Woman’s Suffrage Movement: Mormons, Free Love, and the Politics of Domesticity in the Late Nineteenth Century,” American Academy of Religion, Baltimore, MD, November 23 – 26, 2013 (Forthcoming)

    “A White Mission to a White People: Mormon Missionary Work in Britain, 1830 – 1860,” North American Conference on British Studies, Portland, OR, November 8 – 10, 2013, (Forthcoming)

    “The Science of Polygamy: Eugenics and Debates about Mormonism in the Early Twentieth Century,” Western History Association, Tucson, AZ, October 9 – 12, 2013



    Hendrix-Komoto, A. (forthcoming). “Undressing Mahana: The Development of Mormon Modesty Culture and the Display of Polynesian Bodies.” Out of Obscurity: Mormonism after 1945 Patrick Mason and John Turner (Eds.) Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Hendrix-Komoto, A. (forthcoming). “‘A Rough Stone’s from Nature’s Quarry’: Mormons, Race, and Interracial Sex in the Pacific World.” Women and the LDS Church ed. Matthew Bowman and Kate Holbrook (Eds.) Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.


  • Education
    • BA, History, Albertson College Idaho, 2005
    • MA, Curriculum & Inst., University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2007