Keith A. Erekson is an author, teacher, and public historian who 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 public engagement with history. He speaks often to public audiences and the media, directs workshops with school teachers and history professionals, and consults with leaders of historical sites and commemorations. He is a popular speaker at BYU Education Week, RootsTech, and other LDS conferences and events.
Erekson has authored numerous books and articles about public interest in history, including book-length studies of popular commemoration of Abraham Lincoln and the debate over the social studies curriculum in Texas. His work has been published in numerous scholarly journals, including the Journal of American History, The History Teacher, the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, the Oral History Review, and various Mormon studies journals.
Before leading 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 founding 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, a doctoral degree in history from Indiana University, and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Erekson grew up near Baltimore, Maryland, and now lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife and four daughters.
IN THE NEWS
March 3, 2016
Mormon women’s history ‘at a crossroads,’ speaker says
January 5, 2015
UTEP Celebration Wins Community Spirit Award
November 11, 2013
Univision Feature Story with Centennial Executive Director Erekson
August 24, 2011
U. of Texas Regents Name Erekson an Outstanding Teacher