Steven C. Harper

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Steven Craig Harper (born 1970) is a historian for the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and a former professor of church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University.


Harper is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He served a mission for the LDS Church in Canada.

Harper earned his B.A. in history from BYU in 1994. While a student at BYU he worked as an editorial assistant at BYU Studies in the compilation of the journals of William E. McLellin for publication.[1] Harper earned an M.A. in American history from Utah State University in 1996, and a Ph.D. in early American history from Lehigh University in 2001.[2] During his graduate studies Harper also took a summer seminar in Latter-day Saint history directed by Richard L. Bushman.[3]

He taught history and religion at BYU-Hawaii from 2000 to 2001 and joined the faculty in the Department of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in 2002. Since that time he has also served as an editor of the Joseph Smith Papers, working on volumes in the Revelations and Translations Series and the Documents Series.[2]


  • 1997 Grant recipient, Lawrence Henry Gipson Institute for 18th Century Studies, Lehigh University[2]
  • 1999 Juanita Brooks Award, Best Graduate Student Paper, Mormon History Association[4]
  • 1999 T. Edgar Lyon Award, Best Article of the Year, Mormon History Association[4]
  • 1999 Gest Fellowship, Haverford College Quaker Collection[2]
  • 2000 Dissertation Fellow, Lawrence Henry Gipson Institute for 18th Century Studies, Lehigh University
  • 2002 Research Fellowship, Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for LDS History[2]
  • 2007 Lawrence Henry Gipson Institute Guest Lecturer, Lehigh University
  • 2008 Class of '49 Endowed Young Scholar Award, Brigham Young University
  • 2009 Susan and Harvey Black Outstanding Publication Award, Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University
  • 2010 Joseph Smith Lecturer, Brigham Young University-Hawaii



Harper has also been co-editor of Prelude to the Restoration: Apostasy to the Restored Church with Fred E. Woods, Andrew H. Hedges, Patty Smith and Thomas R. Valletta. In 2010 Preserving the History of the Latter-day Saints that he co-edited with Richard E. Turley, Jr. was published. In 2012 Exploring the First Vision that he co-edited with Samuel Alonzo Dodge. In 2008 Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History: The Pacific Isles that Harper co-edited with Fred E. Woods, Reid L. Neilson, Craig K. Manscill and Mary Jane Woodger was published.