Staff & Boards

Joanna Brooks

Joanna Brooks, Chair

San Diego, CA

Joanna Brooks serves as chair of the Dialogue Board of Directors. Brooks is an award-winning scholar of American religion and culture and the editor or author of nine books, including The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith (Free Press / Simon & Schuster, 2012) and Mormon Feminism:  Essential Writings (Oxford, 2015).  She and her husband, David, live in San Diego, California, and have two school-age children.

Molly McLellan Bennion

Molly McLellan Bennion

Seattle, WA

Molly McLellan Bennionis an attorney and investor. She earned her degrees at Smith College and the University of Houston, where she was an editor of the law review, and attended the University of Washington in between. She taught business law at the University of St. Thomas in Houston prior to practicing law, specializing in commercial litigation. Today she manages capital for two family businesses, one engaged in commercial land development and the other in marine engine distributorship including boatyard and repair services. She has served on the BYU Law School Board of Visitors and the Dialogue Board, twice as its Chair. She has published essays in Dialogue, the anthology Why I Stay, (ed. by Robert A. Rees), and the upcoming The Mormon World, (ed. by Richard Sherlock and Carl Mosser). Molly and her husband, Roy, live in Seattle. They are parents of four children and grandparents of six.

Boyd Petersen

Boyd Petersen

Provo, UT

Boyd Petersen is editor of Dialogue: a journal of Mormon thought. He received a BA from Brigham Young University and a MA degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and a PH.d in comparative literature from the University of Utah. Petersen has taught courses in English and religious and Mormon studies at Utah Valley University since 1995, receiving a Faculty Excellence Award in 2006. As Program Coordinator for Mormon Studies, he has organized conferences on Mormonism and Islam, Mormonism and the Internet, Mormonism and Buddhism, and Mormonism and the environment, among other topics. He has also been a lecturer in the honors program at Brigham Young University. He has published articles and essays in DialogueJournal of Mormon HistoryIrreantumBYU StudiesFARMS Review and Sunstone. The Mormon History Association awarded him the Best Biography Award for Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life.

Karla Stirling

Karla Stirling

Bountiful, UT

Karla Stirling serves as treasurer of the Dialogue Board of Directors. She received a BA from Brigham Young University and JD and MBA degrees from the University of Utah. She practiced business and commercial law in California from 2006 to 2010, with a focus on real estate and construction litigation. Prior to that she worked for Utah Legal Services, assisting indigent clients facing administrative proceedings by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She has also volunteered with the Internal Revenue Service VITA program, offering tax help for qualifying taxpayers. She is currently a stay-at-home mom and advisor to a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting responsible land use in southern Utah. Karla and her husband, David Arteaga, live on Bountiful, Utah, and they have three young sons.

Morris Thurston

Morris Thurston

Villa Park, CA

Morris Thurston hosts the Dialogue podcasts. He is a graduate of BYU and Harvard Law School and is a retired partner of the global law firm Latham & Watkins, where he specialized in trademark and copyright litigation. He is an avid personal and family historian and frequently lectures on those subjects. He has published two family histories and authored, with his wife, Dawn, Breathe Life into Your Life Story: How to Write a Story People Will Want to Read (Signature Books 2007). He has served as a contributor to the Joseph Smith Papers (Legal Series) and has been an adjunct assistant professor at the BYU Law School. His article in BYU Studies titled “The Boggs Assault and Attempted Extradition: Joseph Smith’s Most Famous Case,” received an award of excellence from the Mormon History Association. He contributed a chapter to Why I Stay: The Challenge of Discipleship for Contemporary Mormons(2011) and the foreword to The Nauvoo City and High Council Minutes by John Dinger (2012). He has written and participated in conferences at UVU and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government on same-sex marriage legal issues. He and Dawn live in Villa Park, California and are parents of six children, two of whom are deceased, and grandparents of five.

William S. Hickman

William S. Hickman

Bothell, WA

William (Bill) Hickman received his BA (American Studies) and JD (cum laude) degrees from Brigham Young University. Following a clerkship with the Honorable Ricardo Hinojosa, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, he returned to his native Washington where he received advanced training in estate and gift tax law through the Masters in Tax program at Golden Gate University. For the past 24 years his practice has focused primarily on estate and trust planning and administration, with an emphasis on planning for clients with special needs family members. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, serving as President of the Washington chapter in 2015. He and his wife Mary Ellen (Hatch) live in Bothell, Washington and are the parents of two children.

Michael Austin

Michael Austin

Evansville, IN

Michael Austin is Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of English at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas. He received his BA and MA in English from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is the author or editor of seven books, including the bestselling college textbook, Reading the World: Ideas that Matter, and the recent trade book, That’s Not What They Meant! Reclaiming the Founding Fathers from America’s Right Wing. He lives in Wichita with his wife, Karen, and their two children, Porter and Clarissa.

Brent Rushforth

Brent Rushforth

Washington D.C.

Brent Rushforth was present at the creation of Dialogue at Stanford in 1964. He and Bob Rees edited and published the journal during the 70’s in Los Angeles. Brent’s joining the board marks his official return to the Dialogue family after a 35 year absence. After graduating from Stanford, Brent went to law school at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1971, Brent founded the Center for Law in the Public Interest, one of the country’s leading public interest law firms. In 1978, Brent joined the Carter Administration, where he was a member of the team that negotiated the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty with the Soviet Union. Brent is currently a trial lawyer in Washington, D.C. He has represented detainees in Guantanamo for the last eight years. His interview with Greg Prince regarding that representation was published in Dialogue’s Winter Edition, 2009.

Travis Stratford

Travis Stratford

New York, NY

Travis Stratford focuses on developing end-to-end branding solutions for clients such as The Estée Lauder Companies, Bloomingdales, Johnson & Johnson, and Valentino. Prior to founding Case Agency, a New York City based brand consultancy, he was Interactive Creative Director for Estée Lauder’s Gloss, where he helped grow the online business for top Estée Lauder prestige-beauty brands including Bobbi Brown, Clinique, MAC, and Origins. Travis began his career as an interactive strategy consultant working with Mercedes-Benz and Audi. He holds a Master’s in Integrated Marketing from Northwestern University. He and his wife Sara have three young children.

Kyle Monson

Kyle Monson

New York City, NY

Kyle Monson runs a small ad agency in Manhattan and worked for a few years as a tech journalist before that. In his free time, he frequents the playgrounds of NYC with his two kids, and the dive bars of NYC with his band (he plays synth with dance-pop band Controller). He served a mission in Finland, and his favorite calling is teaching Gospel Doctrine.

Benjamin Park

Benjamin Park

Conroe, TX

Benjamin E. Park received his PhD in history from the University of Cambridge and is currently an assistant professor of American religious history at Sam Houston State University. His articles have been published in DialogueJournal of Mormon HistoryEarly American StudiesJournal of the Early RepublicAmerican Nineteenth Century History, and Church History, and his essays have appeared in Washington PostNewsweekReligion & PoliticsTalking Points Memo, and Religion Dispatches. His first book was American Nationalisms: Imagining Union in the Age of Revolutions (Cambridge University Press), and he is currently completing his second, Democracy’s Discontents: A Story of Politics, Polygamy, and Power in Mormon Nauvoo (W. W. Norton/Liveright).

Rebecca de Schweinitz

Rebecca de Schweinitz

Provo, UT

Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, Rebecca is an Associate Professor of History and Global Women’s Studies at Brigham Young University where she has taught since 2006. She received her PhD from the University of Virginia, has been a fellow at Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center, and is the author of If We Could Change the World: Young People and America’s Long Struggle for Racial Equality (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009). Rebecca’s other publications have explored American slavery, the movement to lower the voting age to 18, Mormon women’s history, and the history of children and youth in the LDS Church. She and her spouse, Peter, have three children.

Aaron Brown

Aaron Brown

Seattle, WA

Aaron C. Brown is an attorney, investor, and active participant in Seattle’s international non-profit sector. He earned his B.A. from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He has worked as a corporate lawyer and insurance lawyer, but he currently handles only political asylum cases, otherwise eschewing the practice of law. He serves on the board of the World Affairs Council of Seattle, and was a co-founder of the popular Mormon blog, By Common Consent. Aaron lives in Seattle with his wife, Stina, and two young daughters, Annika and Grethe.

Russ Moorehead

Russ Moorehead

New York, New York

Russ Moorehead is the Senior Vice President of Global Digital Operations and Strategy for the Estee Lauder Companies. He is responsible for developing and implementing the global roadmap for mobile and e-commerce as well as expanding the digital marketing capabilities across its portfolio of over thirty of the most recognized brands in the beauty industry. In addition to driving strong sales growth in the online channel, Russ has enjoyed the privilege of being a part of leveraging digital to raise awareness of the companies’ many philanthropic initiatives such as Estee Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness, MAC Aids Fund, and Aveda Earth Month. Russ earned his MBA at Brigham Young University. He was born and raised in the Washington, DC area. He now resides in New York City with his wife Robin Marshall, a strategy executive and their 10-year-old son Marshall, an avid skateboarder.

EDITORS

EDITOR

Boyd Jay Petersen, Provo, UT

ASSOCIATE EDITOR

David W. Scott, Lehi, UT

WEB EDITOR

Emily W. Jensen, Farmington, UT

REVIEWS (non-fiction)

John Hatch, Salt Lake City, UT

REVIEWS (literature)

Andrew Hall, Fukuoka, Japan

INTERNATIONAL

Gina Colvin, Christchurch, New Zealand

POLITICAL

Russell Arben Fox, Wichita, KS

HISTORY

Sheree Maxwell Bench, Pleasant Grove, UT

SCIENCE

Steven Peck, Provo, UT

POETRY

Darlene Young, South Jordan, UT

FICTION

Julie Nichols, Orem, UT

FILM & THEATRE

Eric Samuelson, Provo, UT

PHILOSOPHY/THEOLOGY

Brian Birch, Draper, UT

ART

Andrea Davis, Orem, UT

ART

Brad Kramer, Murray, UT

EDITORIAL BOARD

Daniel Dwyer

Albany, NY

Mary L. Bradford

Landsdowne, VA

Ignacio M. Garcia

Provo, UT

William Morris

Minneapolis, MN

Nathan B. Oman

Williamsburg, VA

Mathew Schmalz

Worcester, MA

Thomas Rogers

Bountiful, UT

Verlyne Christensen

Calgary, AB

Lavina Fielding Anderson

Salt Lake City, UT

Claudia Bushman

New York, NY

Brian M. Hauglid

Spanish Fork, UT

Michael Nielsen

Statesboro, GA

Blair Van Dyke

Cedar Hills, UT

John Turner

Fairfax, VA

G. Kevin Jones

Salt Lake City, UT

PRODUCTION STAFF

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Jenny Webb, Woodinville, WA

COPY EDITOR

Richelle Wilson, Madison, WI

COPY EDITOR

Sarah Moore, Madison, AL

INTERNS

Tyler Clark & Stockton Carter, Orem, UT

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