Grant Revon Underwood (born 1954) is a historian of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and a professor at Brigham Young University (BYU). He is also the author of The Millennial World of Early Mormonism and the editor of Voyages of Faith: Explorations in Mormon Pacific History.
Underwood received his B.A. in 1977 and M.A. in 1981, both in history, from BYU. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1988. His advisor was Daniel Walker Howe.
During his BYU graduate studies, Underwood worked as an LDS Seminary teacher at Thunderbird High School in Phoenix, Arizona from 1977 to 1981. While studying at UCLA, he taught at the LDS Institute of Religion in Los Angeles (1981–86), and then Director of the Institute in Pamona, California (1986–92). He was then a religion professor at Brigham Young University–Hawaii from 1992 to 1999, where he was elected Teacher of the Year multiple times. In 200 he joined the faculty of BYU in Provo, Utah as a professor of history and Research Historian with the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History. In 2009 Underwood was on leave from BYU and working on the Joseph Smith Papers Project.
Underwood has been active in the Mormon History Association, serving on its Council from 1987 to 1990 and on the Board of Editors for the Journal of Mormon History from 1984 to 1987. In Hawaii, he was active in the Mormon Pacific Historical Society and served on its Board of Directors. In 2007 Underwood created a Mormon studies unit for the American Academy of Religion and served as co-chair.
Having background in Hawaii and Pacific Mormon history, Underwood is a Tour Director for the Hawaiian excursion from the company LDS Travel Study.
- T. Edgar Lyon Best Article from the Mormon History Association in 1986 
- William Grover and Winnifred Foster Reese Award from the Mormon History Association in 1989 
- T. Edgar Lyon Best Article from the Mormon History Association in 1989 
The Millenarian World of Early Mormonism
- Best Book Award from the Mormon History Association in 1993 
- Best Book Award from the John Whitmer Historical Association 
- Nominated for the Philip Schaff Prize from the American Society of Church History 
- Nominated for the Merle Curti Prize from the Organization of American Historians 
Underwood has also written several articles on a broad variety of topics related to the history of the LDS Church, especially related to the doctrinal views of the LDS Church and its members in the nineteenth century. He has also written Mormon history book reviews for academic journals.
The following is a list of some of Underwood's publications:
- Underwood, Grant (1993). The Millenarian World of Early Mormonism. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-02037-5. Paperback edition issued in 1999.
- ——, ed. (2000). Voyages of Faith: Explorations in Mormon Pacific History. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press. ISBN 0-8425-2480-0.
- ——, ed. (2005). Pioneers in the Pacific: Memory, History, and Cultural Identity Among the Latter-day Saints. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University. ISBN 0-8425-2616-1.
- Underwood, Grant (Spring 1981). "Seminal Versus Sesquicentennial Saints: A Look at Mormon Millennialism". Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 14 (1): 32–44.
- —— (1982). "Millenarianism and the Early Mormon Mind". Journal of Mormon History 9: 41–51.
- —— (1984). "Book of Mormon Usage in Early LDS Theology". Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 17 (3): 35–74.
- —— (June 1985). "Early Mormon Millennialism: Another Look". Church History (American Society of Church History) 54 (2): 215–229. doi:10.2307/3167237. JSTOR 3167237.
- —— (1985). "The Earliest Reference Guides to the Book of Mormon: Windows Into the Past". Journal of Mormon History 12: 69–89.
- —— (Summer 1985). ""Saved or Damned": Tracing a Persistent Protestantism in Early Mormon Thought". BYU Studies 25 (3): 85–103.
- —— (August 1986). "Re-visioning Mormon History". Pacific Historical Review 55 (3): 403–426.
- —— (1986). "Joseph Smith's Use of the Old Testament". The Old Testament and the Latter-day Saints: The 14th Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium. Orem, Utah: Randall Book Company. pp. 381–413. ISBN 0-934126-96-8.
- —— (Summer 1986). "Early Mormon Perceptions of Contemporary America: 1830-1846". BYU Studies 26 (3): 49–61.
- —— (1989). "The New England Origins of Mormonism Revisited". Journal of Mormon History 15: 15–25.
- —— (1990). "Baptism for the Dead: Comparing the RLDS and LDS Perspectives". Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 23 (2): 99–105.
—— (March 19, 1994). "Frontiers in Mormon Pacific History". Mormon Pacific Historical Society Proceedings, Fifteenth annual conference (15): 54–55.
- —— (2000). "Mormonism". Encyclopedia of Millennialism and Millennial Movements. New York: Routledge. pp. 270–274. ISBN 978-0-415-92246-3.
- —— (2000). "Mormonism, the Maori and Cultural Authenticity". Journal of Pacific History 35 (2): 133–146. doi:10.1080/002233400445751.
- —— (2001). "Supernaturalism and Healing in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". In Colleen McDannell. Religions of the United States in Practice 1. Princeton University Press. pp. 299–309. ISBN 0-691-00999-6.
- —— (2002). "The 'Same' Organization That Existed in the Primitive Church". In Ray L. Huntington; Thomas A. Wayment; Jerome M. Perkins. Go Ye Into All the World: Messages of the New Testament Apostles: The 31st Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book. pp. 167–186. ISBN 1-57008-896-9.
- —— (2002). "More Than an Index: The First Reference Guide to the Doctrine and Covenants as a Window to Early Mormonism". BYU Studies 41 (2): 116–147.
- —— (2004). "Millenarianism and Nineteenth-Century New Religions: The Mormon Example". In Moshe Sharon. Studies in Modern Religions, Religious Movements and the Bābī-Bahā'ī Faiths. Boston: Brill. pp. 117–126. ISBN 90-04-13904-4.
- —— (2005). "Latter-day Saints in the Pacific: A Bibliographic Essay". In Grant Underwood. Pioneers in the Pacific: Memory, History, and Cultural Identity Among the Latter-day Saints. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University. ISBN 0-8425-2616-1.
- —— (2005). "Attempting to Situate Joseph Smith". BYU Studies 44 (4): 41–52.
- —— (2008). "Joseph Smith's Legacy in Latin America and the Pacific". In Reid L. Neilson. Global Mormonism in the 21st Century. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University. ISBN 0-8425-2696-X.
- —— (2008). "'The Laws of the Church of Christ' (D&C 42): A Textual and Historical Analysis". In Andrew H. Hedges; J. Spencer Fluhman; Alonzo L. Gaskill. The Doctrine and Covenants: Revelations in Context: The 37th Annual Brigham Young University Sidney B. Sperry Symposium. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University. pp. 108–141. ISBN 1-60641-015-6.
- —— (2009). "Oliver Cowdery's Correspondence with Joseph Smith". In Alexander L. Baugh. Days Never to be Forgotten: Oliver Cowdery. Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University and Deseret Book. pp. 103–22. ISBN 978-0-8425-2742-2.
- —— (2009). "Revelation, Text, and Revision: Insight from the Book of Commandments and Revelations". BYU Studies 48 (3): 67–84.
- Underwood, Grant (1977). The Meaning and Attraction of Mormonism Re-Examined. ["A University scholar project"]. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University..
- —— (December 1981). Early Mormon Millennialism: Another Look. [masters thesis]. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University, Department of History..
- —— (1988). The Millenarian World of Early Mormonism. [doctoral thesis]. University of California, Los Angeles..
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- "College Buzz". BYU Magazine. Summer 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
- Underwood, Grant (December 1981). Early Mormon Millennialism: Another Look. [masters thesis]. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
- "Vita" (DOC). Brigham Young University. December 31, 2004. Retrieved 2010-01-20.
- Underwood, Grant (Spring 1981). "Seminal Versus Sesquicentennial Saints: A Look at Mormon Millennialism". Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 14 (1): 32–44. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
- "Grant underwood". Tour Directors. LDS Travel Study. Retrieved 2010-01-20.[dead link]
- Bitton, Davis (1991). "Taking Stock: The Mormon History Association after Twenty-five Years". Journal of Mormon History 17: 15–16. Retrieved 2010-01-20.
- "Program Unit Information: Mormon Studies Consultation". American Academy of Religion. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
- "MHA Awards" (PDF). Mormon History Association. 2007. Retrieved 2010-01-20.
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- Joseph Smith Papers editor bio
- Claremont Mormon Studies association mention of participation