Charlotte Hansen Terry

Charlotte Terry Portrait

Position Title
PhD Candidate, US History

1 Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616


  • MA, U.S. History, University of Utah (2015)
  • HBA, English Literature, University of Utah (2010)


Charlotte Hansen Terry is a Ph.D. candidate in U.S. History with a Designated Emphasis in Native American Studies. Her dissertation, titled "Mormons, Pacific Islanders, and the Boundaries of Belonging in the Age of Empire," explores Mormon missionization efforts during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and responses to these efforts by Pacific Islanders and their governments, U.S. imperial agents, and other missionary organizations. She traces white Mormon and Pacific Islander attempts to define and expand racial, religious, familial, and national belonging. She completed her MA in U.S. History at the University of Utah in 2015, where she focused on women’s history and religious history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. During her Ph.D. she has worked on various research and writing projects, including working with a team of other graduate students in the History department writing short biographies for the National Park Service, collaborating with the History Project at UC Davis, and helping with the Empire Suffrage Syllabus project.

Research Focus

American Western History, U.S. Women's History, U.S. Empire, American Religious History, Mormon History


Provost's First Year Fellowship, 2017-2018

Rosenbloom Scholar in Applied History, Center of the American West, University of Colorado, Boulder, Fall 2021

Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Educational Foundation Dissertation Writing Fellowship, 2022-2023

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow at the Huntington Library, Spring 2023

Mormon Studies Graduate Research Fellowship at the Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah, 2023-2024