|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
Carter Charles, Bordeaux, France
|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
Brad Kramer, Murray, UT
|BUSINESS & PRODUCTION STAFF
|EDITORIAL ASSISTANT|| Mariya Manzhos, Cambridge, MA
|PRODUCTION MANAGER|| Jenny Webb, Huntsville, AL
|COPY EDITORS||Libby Potter Boss, Belmont, MA|
| Erika Ternes, Grand Marais, MN
|INTERNS|| Tyler Clark & Stockton Carter, Orem, UT
|Daniel Dwyer, Albany, NY ,|| Lavina Fielding Anderson, Salt Lake City, UT
|Mary L. Bradford, Landsdowne, VA
||Claudia Bushman, New York, NY|
|Ignacio M. Garcia, Provo, UT|| Brian M. Hauglid, Spanish Fork, UT
|William Morris, Minneapolis, MN||Michael Nielsen, Statesboro, GA|
|Nathan B. Oman, Williamsburg, VA||Blair Van Dyke, Cedar Hills, UT|
|Mathew Schmalz, Worcester, MA|| John Turner, Fairfax, VA
|David W. Scott, Lehi, UT||G. Kevin Jones, Salt Lake City, UT|
|Thomas Rogers, Bountiful, UT|
|BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|* Patrick Q. Mason, Chair, Claremont, CA|| Morris Thurston, Villa Park, CA
|*Molly McLellan Bennion, Seattle, WA|| Fiona Givens, Montpelier, VA
|* Karla Stirling, Bountiful, UT
||Brent Rushforth, Washington D.C.|
|Kristine L. Haglund, Belmont, MA||Margaret Blair Young, Provo, UT|
|Gregory A. Prince, Potomac, MD||Sumer Thurston Evans, Verona, WI|
|Robert A. Rees, Mill Valley, CA||William S. Hickman, Bothell, WA|
|Joanna Brooks, San Diego, CA||Jonathan Thomas, Rolling Meadows, IL|
|Michael Austin, Wichita, KS||Laurie Maffly-Kipp, St. Louis, MO|
|Travis Stratford, New York, NY||Robert Goldberg, Salt Lake City, UT|
|Boyd Petersen, Provo, UT|
|* member of the Executive Committee|
Patrick Mason serves as chair of the Dialogue Board of Directors. He is Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies and associate professor of religion at Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South (Oxford University Press, 2011), and co-editor of War and Peace in Our Time: Mormon Perspectives (Greg Kofford Books, 2012). After attending Brigham Young University, he earned an MA in international peace studies and PhD in history, both from the University of Notre Dame. Patrick lives in Rancho Cucamonga, California, with his wife, Melissa, and three young children.
Molly McLellan Bennion is 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 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 Dialogue, Journal of Mormon History, Irreantum, BYU Studies, FARMS Review and Sunstone. The Mormon History Association awarded him the Best Biography Award for Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life; his most recent book is Dead Wood and Rushing Water: Essays on Mormon Faith, Politics, and Family. He is married to Zina Nibley and they are the parents of four children.
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.
Kristine Haglund holds degrees in German Studies and German Literature from Harvard and the University of Michigan. Her research interests include gender and religion, Mormon women’s and children’s history, and religious publications in new media. Recent publications include “The Best Place to Deal with Questions: An Interview with Brady Udall,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (2010), “Mormon Publishing, the Internet, and the Democratization of Information,” Patheos, (2010), and a review of The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race by Willie James Jennings (2010), and blog posts at bycommonconsent.com. She lectures extensively on Mormon topics and has presented papers at the College of the Holy Cross, the Center of the American West, Utah Valley University, Georgetown University, the University of Utah, and Claremont Graduate University. She is married to Bradley Woodworth and they live in Belmont, Massachusetts with their five children.
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.
Joanna Brooks is an award-winning scholar of American religious culture, chair of the department of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University, and a frequent media commentator on faith in American life. She is a regular contributor to the online magazine Religion Dispatches and author of the blog “Ask Mormon Girl.” She is editor or author of six books, including American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African-American and Native American Literatures (Oxford, 2003), which won the Modern Language Association William Sanders Scarborough Award for outstanding book in African-American literature. She has also written a memoir, The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith (Free Press / Simon & Schuster, 2012). Joanna was named one of “50 Politicos to Watch” by Politico.com in 2011 and one of “13 Religious Women to Watch in 2012” by the Center for American Progress. She and her husband, David, have two school-age children.
Sumer Thurston Evans has been a manager in the financial services industry for nearly a decade. She turned to finance after receiving her undergraduate degree in Physics and Masters in Mathematics from Brigham Young University. She currently resides in Madison Wisconsin with her husband, Steve Evans, and four young children—two sets of twins. In her spare time, she is a trained EMT and volunteers for a rural EMS service responding to 9-1-1 calls. She also serves on the board of directors of the Madison Children’s Museum. She is a past-president of the Seattle Families of Multiples club, and an advocate for work-life “fit” within her company and local community.
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.
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.
Gregory A. Prince was born and reared in Los Angeles, California. He attended Dixie College and UCLA, earning degrees in dentistry and pathology. The focus of his scientific research, spanning four decades, was respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the primary cause of infant pneumonia worldwide. Over a period of fifteen years at the National Institutes of Health, he and his co-workers developed the thesis that RSV disease could be prevented by administering antiviral antibodies to high-risk infants. He co-founded Virion Systems, Inc., and worked with MedImmune, Inc. to conduct clinical trials that ultimately resulted in the licensure by the Food and Drug Administration of RespiGam® (1996), and Synagis® (1998) for the prevention of RSV pneumonia in high-risk infants. Synagis® is the first and only monoclonal antibody yet to be licensed for use against any infectious agent. He has published over 150 scientific papers. In addition to his career in science, he has developed an avocation as a historian of Mormonism, publishing many articles and two books, Power From on High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood (1995), and David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism (2005). He and his wife, JaLynn Rasmussen Prince (an activist in issues involving autistic adults), live in Potomac, Maryland, and are the parents of three children.
Robert A. Rees teaches Mormon Studies at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and beginning in 2013 will teach in the Religious Studies Program at UC Berkeley. Previously he taught at UCLA and UC Santa Cruz and was a Fulbright Professor of American Studies in the Baltics. He served as Assistant Dean of Fine Arts at UCLA where he was also Director of Continuing Education in the Arts and Humanities and Director of Studies for the UCLA-Cambridge, UCLA-Royal College of Art, and UCLA-Royal College of Music Programs. In addition to his scholarly and creative work in the arts and humanities, Bob has been active in religious and Mormon studies over the course of his academic career. He was the editor of Dialogue (1970-76), former Chair of the Sunstone Foundation, and has published a wide variety of scholarly articles, personal essays, editorials, and poetry. He is the editor of Proving by Contraries (2005), A Readers’ Book of Mormon (2008), and Why I Stay: The Challenge of Discipleship for Contemporary Mormons (2011). He has served in a number of humanitarian organizations, including as a founding member and Vice-President of the Liahona Children’s Foundation, an organization that provides nutrition and education to children in the developing world. Bob and his wife, Ruth (recently deceased) are parents of four children and grandparents of seven He currently lives in Mill Valley, California.
Jonathan Thomas is Manager of Survey Research Services at the National Safety Council. He is also adjunct faculty at Roosevelt University, teaching advanced research methods and applied social psychology courses in the psychology department. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Safety Research. He is married to Colleen (Forster) Thomas and they have four children.
Bob Goldberg is Professor of History and Director of the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah. He is the author of eight books, with his last two, Barry Goldwater and Enemies Within: The Culture of Conspiracy in Modern America published by Yale University Press. He has won twelve teaching honors including the Distinguished Mentor Award, the Calvin S. and JeNeal Hatch Prize for Teaching, Distinguished Honors Professor Award, Presidential Teaching Scholar Award, and University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2003, he held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the Swedish Institute for North American Studies, Uppsala University. He was awarded the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence in 2008. His wife Anne is a clinical social worker. They have four sons and three grandchildren.
Laurie Maffly-Kipp received her B.A. from Amherst College in English and Religion (summa cum laude), and completed the PhD in American History at Yale University (1990). After spending twenty-four years at the University of North Carolina as a professor of Religious Studies, in 2013 she was appointed as a Distinguished University Professor in the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research and teaching focuses on African-American religions, religion on the Pacific borderlands of the Americas, and issues of intercultural contact. Among her publications is a collection of essays about Mormonism in the Pacific World, Proclamation to the People: Nineteenth-Century Mormonism and the Pacific Basin Frontier, with Reid Neilson. Most recently she authored Setting Down the Sacred Past: African-American Race Histories (Harvard University Press, 2010); American Scriptures, a Penguin Classics anthology of sacred texts (2010); and Women’s Work, an edited collection of writings by African-American women historians, co-edited with Kathryn Lofton (Oxford University Press, 2010). Currently she is working on a survey of Mormonism in American life that will be published by Basic Books.
Fiona Givens was born in Nairobi, Kenya, educated in British convent schools, and converted to the LDS church in Frankfurt, Germany. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Richmond with degrees in French and German, then received an M.A. in European History while co-raising the last of her six children. She recently retired from directing the French Language program at Patrick Henry High School, in Ashland, Virginia. Besides education, she has worked in translation services, as a lobbyist, and as communications director of a non-profit. She has published in Exponent II, Sunstone, and Journal of Mormon History. Fiona is also a frequent speaker on podcasts and at conferences from Time out for Women to Sunstone. A longtime collaborator in the books of her husband, Terryl Givens, The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life, is her first co-authored volume. Fiona and Terryl are the parents of six children.
Margaret Blair Young teaches literature and creative writing at Brigham Young University. For the past fifteen years, she has specialized in the history of blacks in the west, particularly black Mormons. She has written six novels and two short story collections, but has lately become interested in filmmaking. Her current endeavor is a film to be shot in Zambia called Heart of Africa. She frequently co-authors books/articles with Darius A. Gray. She and Darius produced the documentary film, Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons, which has been shown on PBS stations, in film festivals, and on the Documentary Channel. She scripted and helped direct a 2005 television documentary based on the life of black Mormon pioneer, Jane Manning James, and has also written an award-winning play based on James’ life. She is married to English professor Bruce Young and they are parents of four children.
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 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.