My name is Julie Allen.

I’m now a Professor of Comparative Arts and Letters at BYU, since August 2016, but before that I worked in the Scandinavian Studies department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for ten years. I grew up in Laie, Hawaii and have my PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures, but most of my research has focused on questions of national and cultural identity, particularly in Denmark and among Danish American immigrants. My book, Danish but Not Lutheran (University of Utah Press, 2017), looks at the intersection of Danish national and cultural identity development with the advent of religious freedom in 1849 and the arrival of Mormonism in Denmark in 1850.  It also looks at Danish immigrants in Utah who were outside the Anglo-American linguistic and cultural mainstream. My most recent LDS-related project uses oral histories to consider how religion and migration interact in the lives of African women of faith in northern Europe.