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Dai Newman

Dai Newman

PhD Student Critique, Image, and Politics

514 Hall of Languages



Dai’s research focuses on the portrayal of Mormon masculinity in movies. By looking at films produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, individual Mormons, and outsiders, he traces the contours of idealized or marginalized manhood to explore the implications of Mormonism on larger questions of religion and gender in America. More broadly, his research interests include contemporary American religion, gender and sexuality, and popular culture (especially film and material culture). He holds previous degrees in linguistics (Brigham Young University), library and information studies (University of Alberta) and comparative literary and cultural studies (University of Utah) and a certificate in advanced study in women’s and gender studies (Syracuse University).