Wrestling Religion: Don Leo Jonathan and the Face Turn of Modern Mormonism



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Project Description

I work on religion and popular culture. In this project, I look at Mormon representations in professional wrestling, focusing on the ways in which, contrary to some expectations, religions (generally) and Mormonism (in particular) have capitalized on their wrestling-ring projections and contestations.

Undergraduate Contribution

The undergraduate research assistant would conduct interviews with persons invested in the religious realms & representations of professional wrestling. He/she/they would also transcribe interviews that I have already conducted, for which I have audio files. Finally, he/she/they would compile notes and periodical reports on the professional careers of Don Leo Jonathan and his father, Brother Jonathan.  

Requirements/Application Instructions

RS 7, RS 104, RS 150B, or equivalent. Familiarity with Mormon history and historical research methods.