Research, Professional and Creative Activity
- Visiting Professor at the University of Würzburg, Fall 2015
- Fellow, Forschungsstelle für vergleichende Ordensgeschichte, University of Dresden
- Co-editor with Miranda Wilcox, Standing Apart: Mormon Historical Consciousness and the Concept of Apostasy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).
- “Long Narratives: Toward a New Mormon Understanding of Apostasy,” in Standing Apart, ed. Miranda Wilcox and John D. Young (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014)
- “Introduction” (co-written with Miranda Wilcox) to Standing Apart, ed. Wilcox and Young (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).
- Book review of Nina Rowe, The Jew, The Cathedral, and the Medieval City: Synagoga and Ecclesia in the Thirteenth Century (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011), in German History 30,4 (2012): 597-98.
- “The Appropriation of St. Cuthbert: Architecture, History-writing, and Ecclesiastical Politics in Durham, 1083-1250,” Quidditas 29 (2008): 26-49.
- Co-organizer of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association Conference, 2006
Recent papers presented:
- “Western Monasticism and the Other,” Workshop on the Interreligious Comparison of Monastic Cultures, Forschungsstelle für vergleichende Ordensgeschichte, University of Dresden, Germany, July 2014 (invited paper).
- “Monks in Arrears: Monasteries and the Thirteenth-century Economy,” International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK, July 2013.
- “Between John and Joseph: Toward a New Apostasy Narrative,” Exploring Mormon Conceptions of the Apostasy, Brigham Young University, March 2012.
- “Unlikely Partners: Jews, Monasteries, and the German Economy in the High Middle Ages,” Medieval History Seminar, German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, October 2011.
- “The Naturalization Debate of the Twelfth Century: Jews in Monastic Thought and Experience,” Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Virginia Tech, November 2010.
- “Dalila the Jewish Strumpet: Exegesis on the Samson Narrative in the Admont Sermon Corpus,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2010.
Professor Young holds doctoral and master's degrees in Medieval Studies from the University of Notre Dame, a diploma in Jewish Studies from the University of Oxford, and a bachelor's degree in history from Brigham Young University. He teaches a wide variety of courses on various historical layers of and thematic emphases within European and African history. His research focuses on the intersections between the culture, politics, and economics of the high Middle Ages, with a particular emphasis on monasticism and Jewish-Christian relations. He also has a secondary research interest in Mormon Studies.
Teaching and Related Service
- Previously taught atBrigham Young University
Courses taught at Flagler College:
- Western Civilization I
- Medieval Europe
- Ancient Greece
- Ancient Rome
- Early Modern Europe
- Byzantine Empire
- Pre-modern Africa
- Modern Africa
- Senior History Seminar
- Keystone Seminar
- Historical Methods
- The Crusades
- Medieval Lives
- Sports and Leisure in Antiquity
- Utopia and Dystopia in History, Literature, and Film
- King Arthur in History and Legend
- War and Genocide in Africa
- Medieval Minorities: Jews, Muslims, and Heretics
- History and Politics of South Africa
- Ancient Cities
- History of Genocide
- African Intellectual History
- Religions of the Classical World