David Knowlton

Faculty Member

Dr. David Knowlton


An anthropologist, trained at the University of Utah and the University of Texas at Austin, Knowlton has carried out sustained fieldwork in Bolivia and in Peru. He also brings his ethnographic eye to life in Utah where he has deep roots, to the American Southwest where he spent his boyhood, and to international Mormonism, the culture of his family. He has published on a wide range of issues although he is most known for his work on religion. Besides ethnography, Knowlton has written on social, cultural, and political issues in a variety of genres including commentary, blogs, essays, and poems.

Knowlton speaks, lives, and writes in both English and Spanish, at the same time he has abilities in other languages.


Ph D, University of Texas at Austin, 1988

Major: Anthropology

MA, University of Texas at Austin, 1982

Major: Anthropology

BA, University of Utah, 1978

Major: Anthropology



Social Cultural Anthropology SS GI, Summer 2022

ANTH 4130

Contemporary Theory and Debates, Spring 2022


Social Cultural Anthropology SS GI, Spring 2022


Social Cultural Anthropology SS GI, Spring 2022


Knowlton, David , Larkin, J , 2015 SSSR, "Mormon Kinship and Cross National Marriage". ()
Knowlton, David , 2015 SSSR, "Mormonism and the Legal and Social Structure of Global Society". ()
Knowlton, David , 2015 SSSR, "Your Soul Got Stuck There, Partible Souls, and Issues of Humanity and Animality in the Andes". ()
Knowlton, David , SSSR 2014, "Discipline, Kinship, and Silence in Mormon Discourse and Mormon Beings". ()
Knowlton, David , SSSR 2014, "Kinship and Self_ Explorations into the Formations of Latter-day Saint Selves in an American Context". ()
Knowlton, David , Morveli, W C, SSSR 2014, "The Andean, Lo Andino,
as a Contemporary Religious Form in Peru". ()

Scholarly/Creative Works

Knowlton, David C., "The Masters and the Beehive_ Reflections on Kendall White and Armand Mauss" . United States: Journal of the Mormon Social Science Association. https://www.mormonsocialscience.org/2020/06/16/inaugural-issue-2021-journal-of-the-mormon-social-science-association-jmssa/
Knowlton, David , (2020) "Chile and New Mexico_ Identity, Difference, and Place" .
Palmer, Jason , Knowlton, David , "Mormons in Peru_ Building Temples with Sacred Cornerstones and Holy Drywall" .
Knowlton, David , (2017) "Lamanites, Apologetics, and Tensions in Mormon Anthropology" .
Knowlton, David , (2016) "Foreward: Capacious and Pathbreaking, Mormonism and the Sociology of Kristeen Black" .
Knowlton, David , (2016) "Global standards vs. local practices_ LDS and drinking in rural Bolivia" .


Presidential Faculty Scholarship award

Utah Valley University - October, 2008

University Faculty Fellow

Ethics Center, Utah Valley University. - April, 2008

J. Talmage Jones Award of Excellence for an Outstanding Article on Mormon History

Mormon History Association

Service Learning Fellow

Utah Valley State College - January, 2006

Outstanding Instructor

Distance Education

Presidential Faculty Scholarship award

Utah Valley State College - October, 2003