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James Swensen

Associate Professor
Comparative Arts and Letters

3054 JFSB
Provo, UT 84602

Biography

Biography

James Swensen is an associate professor of art history and the history of photography at Brigham Young University. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in 2009. His research interests include documentary photography, American photography in the 1930s and 1970s, and the art and photography of Utah and the American West. He is the author of Picturing Migrants: The Grapes of Wrath and New Deal Documentary Photography (University of Oklahoma Press, 2015), and In a Rugged Land: Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and the  Three Mormon Towns Collaboration, 1953-1954 (University of Utah Press, 2018).  He is the recipient of the 2016-2019 Butler Young Scholar from the Charles Redd Center for Western American Studies, the LeRoy Axland Best Utah History Article Award in 2018. In 2019 his book In a Rugged Land received the Best Book in Utah History Book Award from the Utah State Historical Society, the Joan Paterson Kerr Book Award for best illustrated book on the history of the American West from the Western History Association, and an honorable mention for the best book of the year award from the Mormon History Association.

 

Degrees

BA, Brigham Young University, 1998
MA, Brigham Young University, 2000
PhD, University of Arizona, 2009

Research Interests

History of Photography / American Art and Architecture / Imagery and History of the American West

Teaching Interests

American Art and Architecture / History of Photography

Honors and Awards

  • The David W. & Beatrice C. Evans Biography Award, Mountain West Center for Regional Studies, Utah State University (2020 - 2020)

Courses Taught

Publications

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Presentations

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