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(p. xiii) Contributor Biographies

(p. xiii) Contributor Biographies

Paul L. Anderson is head of design and curator of the Brigham Young Museum of Art, which he helped launch in 1992. He has been active in restoration projects for the LDS Church’s historical buildings and was president of the Mormon History Association from 2007 to 2008.

Michael Austin is Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas. He is the author or editor of eight books, including (with Mark T. Decker) Peculiar Portrayals: Mormons on the Page, Stage, and Screen (2010).

Philip L. Barlow is the Leonard J. Arrington Professor of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University. He is the author of such works as Mormons and the Bible: The Place of the Latter-day Saints in American Religion (updated ed., 2013) and (with Edwin Scott Gaustad) The New Historical Atlas of Religion in America (2001).

Hal R. Boyd studied philosophy under coauthor David Paulsen at Brigham Young University. He has written professionally for both the Deseret News and the LDS Church, where his writing has appeared in a variety of journalistic and scholarly venues. His most recent work (coedited with Susan Easton Black) is Psalms of Nauvoo: Early Mormon Poetry (forthcoming). He is a JD candidate at Yale Law School.

R. Lanier Britsch was vice-president for academics at BYU-Hawaii and director of the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University and is now professor emeritus of history and Asian studies at BYU. He has published on Latter-day Saint history in Asia and the Pacific.

Samuel Morris Brown is Assistant Professor of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine and Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Utah School of Medicine, based at Intermountain Medical Center. He is the author of In Heaven as It Is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death (2012).

Claudia L. Bushman is a social and cultural historian and former professor at several universities, including Columbia University. Her many publications include Building the Kingdom: A History of Mormons in America (2001), Contemporary Mormonism: Latter-day Saints in Modern America (2006), and Mormon Sisters: Women in Early Utah (1997).

Richard Lyman Bushman is Gouverneur Morris Professor of History, Emeritus, at Columbia University in New York City. His first book, From Puritan to Yankee: Character (p. xiv) and the Social Order in Connecticut, 1690–1765 (1967), was awarded the Bancroft Prize. Among other books, he also published Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling (2005).

Kathryn M. Daynes is associate professor emerita of history at Brigham Young University. She has published a number of works on Mormon plural marriage, including the award-winning book More Wives than One: Transformation of the Mormon Marriage System, 1840–1910 (2001).

Wilfried Decoo is professor emeritus of applied linguistics at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and at Brigham Young University. His published books include Systemization in Foreign Language Teaching (2010) and Crisis on Campus: Confronting Academic Misconduct (2001). He has a special interest in Mormon Studies, in particular as it pertains to Europe.

Eric A. Eliason is professor of folklore at Brigham Young University. His books include The J. Golden Kimball Stories (2007), Mormons and Mormonism: An Introduction to an American World Religion (2001), and (edited with Tom Mould) Latter-day Lore: Mormon Folklore Studies (2007).

James E. Faulconer is a professor of philosophy and a former Richard L. Evans Professor of Religious Understanding at Brigham Young University. He is the author of works including The Life of Holiness (2012), and coeditor (with Mark A. Wrathall) of Appropriating Heidegger (2000).

Noah R. Feldman is Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and a Senior Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard. He specializes in constitutional studies, with particular emphasis on the relationship between law and religion, constitutional design, and the history of legal theory. He is the author of seven books.

J. Spencer Fluhman is associate professor of history at Brigham Young University, where he teaches American religious history and Mormon history. He is the author of “A Peculiar People”: Anti-Mormonism and the Making of Religion in Nineteenth-Century America (2012) and is editor of the Mormon Studies Review.

Richard V. Francaviglia is professor emeritus of history and the former director of the Center for Southwestern Studies and Cartography at the University of Texas Arlington. He is the author of Believing in Place: A Spiritual Geography of the Great Basin (2003), and The Mapmakers of New Zion: A Cartographic History of Mormonism (2015).

Van C. Gessel is Professor of Japanese at Brigham Young University, where he served as chair of the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and as the Dean of the College of Humanities. His academic specialty is modern Japanese literature, particularly Japanese Christian writers, and he has translated seven literary works by the Japanese Catholic novelist Endō Shūsaku.

Terryl L. Givens is James A. Bostwich Chair of English and Professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond. He is the author of several books, including (p. xv) When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought (2010), and Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity (2014).

Sarah Barringer Gordon is Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania. She is author of multiple books and articles on religion and law in American history including, The Mormon Question: Polygamy and Constitutional Conflict in Nineteenth-Century America (2002) and The Spirit of the Law: Religious Voices and the Constitution in Modern America (2010). She also serves as coeditor of Studies in Legal History, a book series published in association with the American Society for Legal History.

Darius Aidan Gray is former president of the Genesis Group and codirector of the Freedman’s Bank Records Project, a genealogy database containing the marriage, birth, and family records of more than 480,000 freed slaves.

Mark L. Grover is a librarian emeritus from Brigham Young University. His library responsibilities included Latin American and Africa collection development and reference. His research publications have ranged from Latin American librarianship to the history of the LDS Church in South America.

Matthew J. Grow is the director of publications at the LDS Church History Department and a general editor of the Joseph Smith Papers. He is the author of “Liberty to the Downtrodden”: Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer (2009) and the coauthor (with Terryl L. Givens) of Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (2011).

Tona J. Hangen is associate professor of US History at Worcester State University. She is the author of Redeeming the Dial: Radio, Religion and Popular Culture in America, 1920–1960 (2002), and other works on media and religion in American history. She teaches courses in historical methods, social history, and cultural studies.

Grant Hardy is Professor of History and Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. In addition to books and articles on early Chinese history and historiography, he has published The Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Edition (2003) and Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Guide (2010).

Tim B. Heaton holds a Camilla Kimball chair in the Department of Sociology at Brigham Young University. His research focuses on demographic trends in the family. He has coedited a volume in Mormon studies entitled Revisiting Thomas F. O’Dea’s The Mormons: Contemporary Perspectives (2008).

Michael D. Hicks is professor of music composition and theory at Brigham Young University. He is the author of six books, including Mormonism and Music: A History (1989) and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography (forthcoming).

Kate Holbrook is Specialist in Women’s History for the LDS Church History Department. She is coeditor of two forthcoming books: Selected Relief Society Documents, 1842–1892 (2016) and Women and the Mormon Church: Historic and (p. xvi) Contemporary Perspectives (2016). She also coedited Global Values 101: A Short Course (2006). Kate was the first recipient of the Eccles Fellowship in Mormon Studies at the University of Utah.

David F. Holland is Associate Professor of North American Religious History at Harvard Divinity School. His work has appeared in the New England Quarterly, Gender and History, and Law and History Review. His first book, Sacred Borders: Continuing Revelation and Canonical Restraint in Early America, was published in 2011.

Daniel Walker Howe is Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus at Oxford University and Professor of History Emeritus at UCLA. His book What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848 (2007) won the Pulitzer Prize.

Valerie M. Hudson is professor and George H. W. Bush Chair at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Hudson is coauthor of Bare Branches: The Security Implications of Asia’s Surplus Male Population (2004), Sex and World Peace (2012), and Women in Eternity, Women of Zion (2004). She was named one of Foreign Policy magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers for 2009.

Cardell K. Jacobson is professor of sociology at Brigham Young University. His work Modern Polygamy in the United States (2011) centers on social issues in religion. Another work, White Parents, Black Children: Experiencing Transracial Adoption (2011), focuses on race and ethnicity in adoption. He teaches courses on social psychology and current social problems.

Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp is Archer Alexander Distinguished Professor at the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis. Her recent publications include Proclamation to the People: Nineteenth-Century Mormonism and the Pacific Basin Frontier (2008); Setting Down the Sacred Past: African-American Race Histories (2010); and American Scriptures: An Anthology of Sacred Writings (2010). Currently she is working on a survey of Mormonism in American life.

Armand L. Mauss is professor emeritus of sociology and religious studies at Washington State University. He is the author or The Angel and the Beehive: The Mormon Struggle with Assimilation (1994) and All Abraham’s Children: Changing Mormon Conceptions of Race and Lineage (2003). More recently, he has been an adjunct faculty member in Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University.

James M. McLachlan is professor of philosophy and religion at Western Carolina University. He is past Co-Chair of the Mormon Studies Group at the American Academy of Religion and past President of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology. His research interests focus on European personalism and existentialism, process theology, and Mormon theology.

Richard J. Mouw is distinguished professor of Faith and Public Life and the former president of Fuller Theological Seminary. Among his many books is Talking with (p. xvii) Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals (2012), a reflection on his years of dialogue with members of the faith.

Reid L. Neilson is Assistant Church Historian and Recorder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is the author and award-winning editor of over two-dozen books, including Exhibiting Mormonism: The Latter-day Saints at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair (2011) and Early Mormon Missionary Activities in Japan, 1901-1924 (2010). He serves on the editorial boards of the Joseph Smith Papers and the Deseret Book Company.

David L. Paulsen is emeritus professor of philosophy at Brigham Young University. A graduate of BYU, he holds a JD from the University of Chicago and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Michigan. His scholarly work has appeared in the Harvard Theological Review, International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion, and Faith and Philosophy. With Donald Musser, Paulson edited Mormonism in Dialogue with Contemporary Christian Theologies (2007).

John Durham Peters is A. Craig Baird Professor of Communication Studies and Professor of International Studies at the University of Iowa, and has written on diverse topics in media theory and cultural history, including Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication (2001).

Daniel Peterson is professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic at Brigham Young University, and founder and editor-in-chief of BYU’s Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (METI). He is also the founder and editor of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture, and was for many years editor of the FARMS Review. His many publications include Muhammad, Prophet of God (2007).

Gregory A. Prince is a scientist whose four-decade career has focused on the prevention and treatment of viral pneumonia in infants. His has published two books in Mormon studies: Power from on High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood (1995), and (with William Robert Wright) David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism (2005). He is currently writing the biography of Leonard J. Arrington, Church Historian of the LDS Church in the 1970s.

W. Paul Reeve is associate professor of history at the University of Utah. He currently teaches Utah history, Mormon history, and history of the US West. He is the author of Making Space on the Western Frontier: Mormons, Miners, and Southern Paiutes (2006) and Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness (2015).

Jana Riess is an acquisitions editor and the former Religion Book Review Editor for Publishers Weekly. She is the author or coauthor of many books, including Flunking Sainthood (2011), The Twible (2013), and Mormonism for Dummies (2005). She blogs about Mormonism and other topics for Religion News Service.

William D. Russell is professor emeritus of American history and government at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. He served previously as president of the Mormon History Association (1982–83) and the John Whitmer Historical Association (1977). He (p. xviii) is editor of the volume Homosexual Saints: The Community of Christ Experience (2008) and is published widely in Mormon studies.

Jan Shipps is professor emerita of religious studies and history at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. She has long been the most widely acclaimed non-Mormon specialist in Mormon studies. She is the author of Mormonism: The Story of a New Religious Tradition (1985) and Sojourner in the Promised Land: Forty Years among the Mormons (2000).

David J. Whittaker was Curator of Western and Mormon Manuscripts, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, and Associate Professor of History, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. His research and publications focused on Mormon History, Mormon Historiography, Mormon Bibliography, and Early Mormon Print Culture.

Margaret Blair Young coauthored with Darius Gray the award-winning trilogy of historical novels about early Black Mormon pioneers Standing on the Promises. They also coproduced two documentary films, Jane Manning James: Your Sister in the Gospel and Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons. Margaret Young teaches in the English Department at Brigham Young University.