Kathleen Flake

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Kathleen Flake
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Kathleen Flake in 2016
Academic background
Alma materBrigham Young University, Catholic University of America, University of Utah, University of Chicago
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Virginia
Main interestsHistory of Mormonism
Notable worksThe Politics of Religious Identity

Kathleen Flake is a historian, writer, and attorney and is currently the Richard Lyman Bushman Chair of Mormon studies at the University of Virginia.[1]

Flake obtained a BA from Brigham Young University, an MA from Catholic University of America, a law degree from the University of Utah, and a PhD from the University of Chicago.[2] Flake was previously a professor of American religious history at the Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt University. While a graduate student Flake took a summer seminar course for graduate students on Mormon History with Richard L. Bushman.[3]

Flake's research in the area of American religious history focuses on the adaptive strategies of 19th and 20th century American religious communities and the effect of pluralism on religious identity. She also studies constructive function of text and ritual in maintaining and adapting the identity and gendered power structures of religious communities. Flake studies the influence of American law on American religion and the theological tensions inherent in the First Amendment religious clauses.

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Flake is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a mission in Japan.[4] She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.


  • Flake, Kathleen (2004). The Politics of Religious Identity: the Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 9780807863541. OCLC 57707347.
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