Laura L. Vance

Sociology/Women's Studies

Empower Crew Supervisor

Office Hrs: MW 2:30-3:30, TTH10-12

Office: JEN 111, Box: 6206

828-771-5851

Arrival Year: 2007

Education: Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University

Currently Teaches:
Introduction to Sociology
Social Inequality
Media
Research Craft
Sociology of Religion

Research:
Currently working with a group of Ellen White scholars on a book about the nineteenth-century prophet.

Publications:
Vance, Laura L., (1999) Seventh-day Adventism in Crisis: Gender and Sectarian Change in an Emerging Religion (Champagne-Urbana: University of Illinois Press).

Vance, Laura L. (2008), Converging on the Heterosexual Dyad: Changing Mormon and Adventist Sexual Norms and Implications for Gay and Lesbian Adherents, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. 11(4):56-76.

Vance, Laura L. (2007), Review Essay: Recent Studies of Mormon Women, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. 10(4):113-127.

Vance, Laura L. (2002) Evolution of Ideals for Women in Mormon Periodicals, 1897-1999, Sociology of Religion. 63(1):91-112.

Vance, Laura L., (1997) Denominationalism and Changing Gender Ideals in the Adventist Review: An Examination of Weber s Theory of Religion of the Disprivileged Classes, 1850-1993, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions I(1):50-71.

Vance, Laura L., (1997) Gender and Sectarian Change in Seventh-day Adventism, Adventist Heritage: Journal of Adventist History 17(2):31-44.

Selected Reviews:
Vance, Laura L. (2007) Black and Mormon, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. 11(1):111-12.

Vance, Laura L. (2007) Religion and Healing in America, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. 10(4):138-39.

Vance, Laura L. (2007) Cycles of Faith: The Development of the World s Religions, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. 10(3):130-31.

Vance, Laura L. (2007) Evangelical Christian Women: War Stories in the Gender Battles, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. 10(3):133-34.

Vance, Laura L. (2006) Contemporary Mormonism: Social Science Perspectives, Nova Religio:The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. 10(2):130-31.

Vance, Laura L. (2005) Religion as a Chain of Memory, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. 8(3):128-9.

Vance, Laura L. (2005) Mormons and Mormonism: An Introduction to an American World Religion, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. 8(2):133-4.

Vance, Laura L. (2004) More Wives Than One: The Transformation of the Mormon Marriage System, 1840-1910, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. 8(2):115-6.

Vance, Laura L. (2004) The Religious Imagination of American Women, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. 8(2):103-4.

Vance, Laura L. (2002) Hallelujah Lads and Lasses: Remaking the Salvation Army in America, 1880-1930, The Journal of Religion. 82(3):453-4.

Vance, Laura L. (2001) Sojourner in the Promised Land: Forty Years Among the Mormons, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 40(4):784-5.

Vance, Laura L. (2000) Harold S. Bender, 1897-1962, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. 4(1):151-2.

Vance, Laura L. (2000) Leaving the Fold: Testimonies of Former Fundamentalists, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. 4(1):170.

Vance, Laura L. (2000) Financing American Religion, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. 3(2):400.

Vance, Laura L. (1999) The Fifties Spiritual Marketplace and the Sixties Spiritual Awakening, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 2(2):308-10.

Vance, Laura L., (1998) Gender and Material Culture: The Archaeology of Religious Women, Review of Religious Research 40(1):82-83.

Vance, Laura L. (1998) Mormon Identities in Transition, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 1(2):317-18.

Selected Conference Presentations:
Vance, Laura L., (2006) Religious Evolution and the Delineation of Gender Ideals for Mormon Women: Content Analysis of the Improvement Era and Ensign, 29th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Women s Studies Association, Valdosta, Georgia, March 31.

Vance, Laura L., (2004) Prevalence, Incidence and Responses to Intimate Partner Violence in the Rural South, 27th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Women’s Studies Association, Savannah, Georgia, March 25.

Vance, Laura L., (2003) From Poverty to Self-Sufficiency in Georgia and Beyond, Eighth Annual Women s Studies Conference, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia.

Vance, Laura L., (2002) JoAnna Lynns Story: Students Examine Domestic Violence, Southeastern Women s Studies Association Conference, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia.

Vance, Laura L., (2001) Employing the Sociological Imagination: Students Examine Domestic Violence in the Rural South, Sixth Annual Women s Studies Conference, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia.

Vance, Laura L., (2000) Religious Evolution and the Delimitation of Gender Ideals for Mormon Women: Content Analysis of the Improvement Era and the Ensign. Religious Research Association and Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Houston, Texas.

Vance, Laura L., (2000) Equality to Servitude: Evolution of Ideals for Mormon Women in LDS Periodicals Association for the Sociology of Religion, Washington, DC.

Vance, Laura L., (2000) Independence to Servitude: Representations of Women in Mormon Periodicals, 1897-2000, Fifth Annual Women s Studies Conference, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia.

Vance, Laura L., (1999) Implications of Religious Change for Women Serving in the Pastorate, Fourth Annual Women s Studies Conference, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia.

Vance, Laura L., (1998) Declining Opportunities: Seventh-day Adventist Women in Leadership, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Religious Research Association, Montreal, Quebec.

Vance, Laura L., (1998) Religious Change and Marginalization of Women: The Case of Seventh-day Adventism, Third Annual Women s Studies Conference, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia.

Vance, Laura L., (1997) Drawing the Line: Gender and Attitudes Toward Sexuality among Seventh-day Adventists, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Religious Research Association, San Diego.

Vance, Laura L., (1996) Gender and Religious Identity in the Adventist Review, 1850-1993, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Religious Research Association, Nashville, Tennessee.

Invited Presenations:
Vance, Laura L., (2009) The Evolution of Sexual Norms in Mormonism and Seventh-day Adventism, 32nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Womens Studies Association, Appalachian State University, North Carolina, April 2-4.

Vance, Laura L., (2009) From Polygamy to Proposition 8: Evolving Sexual Norms in Mormonism and Adventism, Queer Art/Queer Actions (Politics of Possibility), University of North Carolina, Asheville, March 26-28.

Vance, Laura L., (2005) A Great Work is to be Done, Every Talent is to be Used: The Evolution of Women s Roles in Adventism, 23rd International Meeting of the Association of Adventist Women, St. Louis, Missouri, June 28.

Vance, Laura L. (2001) From Priestess to Housewife: Gender Evolution in Two Religious Traditions, National Endowment for the Humanities Visiting Scholar, Otterbein University, Ohio.

Vance, Laura L., (1999) Seventh-day Adventist and Latter-day Saint Women in Historical Perspective: Changing Gender Roles in Emerging Religions, Distinguished Scholar Series, Women s Research Institute, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

Manuscript Reviewer: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Review of Religious Research, Nova Religio: Journal of Emergent and Alternative Religions, University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago, Andrews University Press.

Media Interviews:
Scholar on religious issues included on Religionsource.org (compiled by the American Academy of Religion and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts); consulted by journalists from publications including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Star Tribune (Minneapolis/St. Paul), Forbes and interviewed by Helen Whitney with PBS/Frontline American Experience for her 2007 PBS production of The Mormons.

Awards:
Vice President's Excellence in Scholarship Award, 2006-2007, Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus, Georgia.

Listed in Who's Who of American Women since 21st edition, Who's Who in American Education since 7th edition, and Who's Who in America, 56th edition.