Ben Cater, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Foundational Explorations
Director of Humanities Honors Program
Assistant Professor of History

 Dr. Ben Cater possesses undergraduate and graduate training in U.S. History and Literature as well as in Latin American Studies.  He completed his M.A. degree at the University of Montana, Missoula, where he studied the religious history of the American West through a generous grant from the A.B. Hammond Fellowship for Western American Studies.  At the University of Utah, where he completed his Ph.D., he received the Floyd O'Neill Scholarship in Western American Studies to study the religious and socioeconomic effects of the health industry of Progressive Era Salt Lake City.  He is currently revising his dissertation for publication with the University of Utah Press. Besides teaching courses in Foundational Exploration and the Humanities Honors Program, he directs both programs from the Academic Dean's Center.


·     B.A., Point Loma Nazarene University 

·     M.A., The University of Montana 

·     Ph.D., The University of Utah 

Courses Taught

·     World Civilizations II – HIS111

·     Introduction to Christian Scholarship – HON100 

·     Integrative Seminar – HON350 

Experience in Field

Awards and Honors

·     2002 summa cum laude (Point Loma Nazarene University)

·     2005 A.B. Hammond Fellowship (The University of Montana)

·     2008 Floyd O'Neill Scholarship (The University of Utah)

·     2009 Simmons Media Grant (The University of Utah)

·     2011 Editor's Choice Award for Best Article (Utah Historical Quarterly) 

·     2015 Dale L. Morgan Award (Utah Historical Quarterly)

·     2017 Dale L. Morgan Award (Utah Historical Quarterly)