Keith A. Erekson, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized writer, speaker, and public historian. He currently serves as director of the Church History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the faith and its members.

Erekson is a widely-sought expert on engaging the public with history. He speaks often to public audiences and the media, directs workshops with school teachers and history professionals, and consults with leaders of universities, historical sites, and commemorations. He has served as an expert witness, a history blog designer and manger, digital content adviser, and a certified web designer.

Erekson has authored numerous books and articles about popular interest in and public debates over history, including book-length studies of popular commemoration of Abraham Lincoln and the recent debate over the social studies curriculum in Texas. His work has been published in numerous journals, including the Journal of American History, the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, the Oral History Review, and the Journal of Mormon History.

Before directing the Church History Library, Erekson was a tenured associate professor of history at The University of Texas at El Paso, where he also served as executive director of UTEP’s Centennial Celebration and founder and director of UTEP’s Center for History Teaching & Learning. He possesses more than a decade of international management experience in higher education, scholarly publishing, and automotive manufacturing. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Brigham Young University, and a doctoral degree in history from Indiana University.

Erekson grew up near Baltimore, Maryland, and now lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife and four daughters.


Associate Professor of History Executive Director Director
History Survey Project