Marie Cornwall

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Marie Cornwall (born 1949) is the editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, a professor of sociology and women's studies at Brigham Young University (BYU) and a former director of BYU's Women's Research Institute.


Cornwall holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Utah, a master's degree in sociology from BYU and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Minnesota.


Besides being a member of the BYU faculty Cornwall was also a visiting professor at the University of Utah for one year.[1] She was a researcher for the LDS Church's Correlation Department prior to joining the BYU faculty.

Cornwall was one of the moving figures behind the growth of the Mormon Social Science Association.[2]


Among other subjects Cornwall has written articles on women's suffrage, unemployment, gender roles in housekeeping, plural marriage and religion and family in such journals as Mobilization; Social Forces; Journal of Marriage and the Family and Review of Religious Research. Among other books, Cornwall edited Contemporary Mormonism: Social Science Perspectives, with Tim B. Heaton and Lawrence A. Young.[3] Along with Sherrie Mills Johnson, Cornwall has done studies critical of the view that Mormon women are submissive and degraded.[4]


  1. ^ Salt Lake Tribune, Jan. 3, 2000[full citation needed]
  2. ^ History of the Mormon Social Science Association
  3. ^ Cornwall, Marie; Heaton, Tim B.; Young, Lawrence A., eds. (1994), Contemporary Mormonism: Social Science Perspectives, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, ISBN 0-252-06959-5, OCLC 28721262 
  4. ^ article by Andrea Radke on Mormon women and mental health