Religious Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

John Turner

John  Turner

John Turner

Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Associate Professor

American Religion; Mormonism

John Turner teaches and writes about the the place of religion in American history. Prof. Turner holds a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Prof. Turner is the author of several books about the history of religion in the United States, mostly recently The Mormon Jesus: A Biography, published in 2016. 


He is currently writing a history of Plymouth Colony, to appear in 2020 in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower crossing.

Selected Publications

The Mormon Jesus: A Biography (Harvard University Press, 2016)
Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet (Harvard University Press, 2012)

Bill Bright and Campus Crusade for Christ  (University of North Carolina Press, 2008)