Konden Smith holds a dual B.A. in History and Religious Studies from
Northern Arizona University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religious Studies
from Arizona State University. For the past year, Smith taught at
Northern Arizona University in the Religious Studies department as a
full-time Instructor in Modern Christianity. Continuing to teach
online for NAU, Smith is now teaching onground courses at ASU.
Courses Taught: Religion in America, Intro to the Academic Study of
Religion (Ritual, Symbol, and Myth), Religions of the World, American
Religious Traditions, Religion and Popular Culture, Religious
Traditions of the West, Intro to Christianity, New Testament, Religion
and Society (Mormonism), Mysticism in the West.
Konden Smith looks at Religion in the Americas, particularly
19th and early 20th century North America. His
dissertation explored expressions of religious identity within the
larger cultural shifts at the end of the nineteenth century, and how
those changes inspire response or reaction. Focusing on Mormonism,
Smith’s research understood national reactions to it in ways
that make sense of what it means to be “American.” More
broadly, his research looks at the encounters of minority and
majority groups so as to understand the dynamics of group agency,
which illuminate religious motivation and identity formation, as
well the roots of religious conflict and resolution.