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Judd Birdsall

Senior Fellow

Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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February 27, 2024

Dr. Benjamin Park and a New History of Mormonism

Georgetown University welcomed Dr. Benjamin Park, associate professor of history at Sam Houston State University, for a February 2 conversation about his most recent book, American Zion: A New History of Mormonism (2024). Dr. Park joined Berkley Center Senior Research Fellow Judd Birdsall for a discussion about the history of Mormonism and how the religion succeeded in the United States.


Judd Birdsall is assistant professor of the practice in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Georgetown University, where he is also a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the project director of the Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion and Diplomacy (TPNRD). From 2011 to 2020 Birdsall was based at Cambridge University, where he earned his Ph.D., founded a research center on religion and international studies, and served as an affiliated lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies. Prior to his time at Cambridge, he served in the U.S. State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom and on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff. Birdsall is the editor of Religion & Diplomacy, and his work has appeared in the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Guardian, Huffington Post, Christianity Today, and Religion & Politics. He is also a senior editor and a frequent contributor at the Review of Faith & International Affairs.

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