Fred E.Woods PhD

Professor of Church History & Doctrine

Brigham Young University


Fred E. Woods was born and raised in Southern California.  He is married to JoAnna Merrill and they are the  parents of five children and two granddaughters.  Fred graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) with his  B.S. degree in Psychology and his M.A. degree in International Relations. In 1991 he completed his PhD at the University of Utah in the field of Middle East Studies with an emphasis in Biblical Hebrew. Since the completion of his dissertation, Fred expanded his scholarly interests to include a serious study of Mormon History in the context of American Studies. He has authored several works in the areas of ancient studies and Latter-day Saint history and is the compiler and editor of the "Mormon Immigration Index" CD released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2000.  His primary area of research is Mormon migration.  Professor Woods is also very active in promoting interfaith collaboration.  Dr. Woods has been a visiting professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, University of Iceland, several times at BYU-Hawaii and a research professor at Durham University and Australia Catholic University (Melbourne, Australia).   Professor Woods has also lectured extensively in America and internationally.