2023 Award Recipients

2023 Award Recipients

Congrats to all whose work received funding!

Note that amounts funded may be different than the amounts in original proposals. Emails will be sent out to awardees in the next couple of weeks with specific amounts and instructions on how to process disbursment of funds. If your proposal was not funded, you are encouraged to apply again next year. Feel free to contact Assoc. Director Brenden Rensink to discuss further.

Annaley Naegle Redd Assistantship

Julie Allen, Comparative Arts and Letters, Brigham Young University, “In Search of Scandinavian Convert-Immigrant Women in 19th Century Utah”

Neil Hansen, Plant and Wildlife Sciences, Brigham Young University, “Recreation or Regression: Assessing the Effect of Human Activities on Desert Carbon Sequestration in Bears Ears National Monument”

April Hulet, Plant and Wildlife Sciences, Brigham Young University, “Modeling Bunchgrass Mortality during Wildfire in Sagebrush Steppe Ecosystems”

Paul Stavast, Anthropology & Museum of Peoples and Cultures, Brigham Young University, “Connecting with Iosepa-Preparation for a Museum Exhibition”


Annaley Naegle Redd Student Award in Women’s History

Makoto Hunter, History, University of California, Santa Barbara, “How Dare You Have Polygamous Sex: Latter-day Saint Plural Wives, Antipolygamy Prosecution, and the Federal Surveillance of Women’s Bodies, 1879–1910”


Charles Redd Fellowship Award in Western American History

Jack Evans, History, University of Oregon, “From Captivity to Placement: Reconsidering the Indian Student Placement Program, 1947–2000”

Angela Hudson, History, Texas A&M University, “Western Indians in the Jim Crow South”

David Morales, History, University of California, Davis, “Power Plays: A Cultural History of Conquest and Performance in the U.S.–Mexico Borderlands, 1821–1879”

Yutong Zhan, History, University of California, Davis, ““Our Character as a Nation”: The Doolittle Committee and The Fight over Empire, 1865–1867”


Clarence Dixon Taylor Research Grant

James Swensen, Comparative Arts and Letters, Brigham Young University, “The New Deal in Central Utah”


Independent Research and Creative Works Award

Carly Jakins, “American Seams, Short Documentary”

Larry Morris, “Furs, Plagues, Gold, and Guns: Explorers’ Relations with the Arikara, Crow, Cheyenne, and Arapaho”


John Topham and Susan Redd Butler BYU Faculty Award

Lisa Johnson, Linguistics, Brigham Young University, “An Analysis of English in the Intermountain West”

Peter Leman, English, Brigham Young University, “Searching for the Skull of Mangas Coloradas”

Fred Woods, Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University, “Montana Saints History”


John Topham and Susan Redd Butler Off-Campus Faculty Award

Rani-Henrik Andersson, Cultures/American Studies, University of Helsinki, “Traditional Indigenous Ecological Knowledge, Re-Indigenization and National Parks: Toward a New Framework for Sustainable Co-Governance (IndEcol)”

Brian Leech, History, Augustana College, “The West Can’t Drive 55: the American West’s Fight Against the 1974 National Maximum Speed Law”

Sandra Rebok, History, University of California, San Diego, “West of the Revolution: Jefferson’s pursuit of Spanish knowledge on the American Southwest”

Terence Young, Geography & Anthropology, Cal Poly-Pomona, “To Learn the Value of Conservation: Diffusing America's Protected-Area Methods to PostColonial Africa, 1961–1974”


Public Programming Award

Better Days, “Utah Women Making History student event”

Costume Society of America, “Beyond the Loom: Documenting, Teaching, and Understanding the Legacy of Navajo Clothing Culture”

High Desert Museum, “Waterston Desert Writing Prize Event”

Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, “Historical Perspectives on Water and Drought in the West”

Journal of Mormon History, “Journal of Mormon History book review editor/copy editor”

KNAU, “Earth Notes”

Mining History Association, “Mining History Association Annual Conference”

Moab Museum, “Celebrating Heritage Breeds in Southeastern Utah”

Montana Historical Society, “Building on the Past: The 50th Annual Montana History Conference”

Mormon History Association, “MHA 58th Annual Conference Welcome Reception”

Museum of Peoples and Cultures, “Utah Valley Lecture Series”

Rocky Mountain American Religion Seminar, “Rocky Mountain American Religion Seminar”

Salt Lake City Arts Council Foundation, “Panel Discussions at Living Traditions Festival: Understanding the Traditions and Artforms of our Culturally Diverse Community in Utah”

Springville Museum of Art, “Salon 100”

Utah Humanities Council, “The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Author”

Western Literature Association, “Western Literature Association 57th Conference”


Research Award for BYU Upper Division and Graduate Students

Anna Johnson, Public Health, Brigham Young University, “The Impact of Healthy School Meals for All on Dietary Intake”

Haylie June, Sociology, Brigham Young University, “Delta, Enterprise, and Other Rural Communities Survey”

Olivia Larson, Public Health, Brigham Young University, “Mixed Method Study Examining Health Care Services Administered through Chapter Houses on the Navajo Nation”

Maya Watkins, Anthropology, Brigham Young University, “Bringing Utah to the World: James E. Talmage, British Museums, and the Emergence of Intermountain Intellectualism”


Research Award for Off-Campus Upper Division and Graduate Students

Donna Anderson, History, University of California, Santa Barbara, “America is in the Heartland: Land Policy, Immigration, and Rural Asian America, 1860–1950”

Taylor Bailey, History, University of Arizona, “Restoration Nation: Game Management, Sport Hunting, and the Science, Practice, and Politics of Wildlife Conservation in the United States, 1871–1973”

Josh Beisel, Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana, “Quantifying the Response of Northern Rocky Mountains Treeline Forests to Fire: Effects of Climate and Competition along an Environmental Stress Gradient”

William Connor, History, University of Wyoming, “Christian Nationalism in Rodeo, 1960–1990”

Carlyle Constantino, History, University of California, Santa Barbara, “Confinable People: A History of the Internment Camp in the United States, 1850–1945”

Matt Green, History, University of Utah, “Barbarian by Design: The Culture & Commerce of Risk in Backcountry Skiing”

Hunter Kennedy, Anthropology, University of Chicago, “A New History of Page, AZ: Infrastructure, Jurisdiction, and Extraction, 1956–Present”

Tai Koester, Geography, Development, and Environment, University of Arizona, “Investigating the impacts of lithium mining on Nevada Paiute and Shoshone Communities”

McKayle Law, Sustainable Communities, Northern Arizona University, “Solastalgia in the Southwest—An Inquiry into the Experience of Eco-Anxiety on Farmers in the Southwest”


Visiting Fellows

Caroline Tracey, Independent Author, Winter 2024

David Walker, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, Fall 2023


Butler Young Scholar Award

Paul Frandsen, Plant and Wildlife Science, 2023–2026




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