Staff and Boards

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
ART  Andrea Davis, Orem, UT
Brad Kramer, Murray, UT
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
Thomas Rogers, Bountiful, UT  G. Kevin Jones, Salt Lake City, UT
*Joanna Brooks, Chair, San Diego, CA    Morris ThurstonVilla Park, CA
*Molly McLellan Bennion, Seattle, WA    Fiona GivensMontpelier, VA
* Karla Stirling, Bountiful, UT
   Brent Rushforth, Washington D.C.
Michael Austin, Evansville, IN    Robert Goldberg, Salt Lake City, UT
Russell Moorehead, New York, NY    Kyle Monson, New York City, NY
Travis Stratford, New York, NY    William S. Hickman, Bothell, WA
Boyd Petersen, Provo, UT
*member of the Executive Committee



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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.






20140118 Dialogue Board 17319 (1)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.



20140118 Dialogue Board 17287 (2)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.



20140118 Dialogue Board 17287 (2)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.




Thurston, MorrisMorris 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.



20130119 Dialogue Board 14558Michael 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.




20130119 Dialogue Board 14566William (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.




Goldberg, RobertBob 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.





Givens, FionaFiona 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.




Rushforth, Brent (1)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.




20140118 Dialogue Board 17288 (1)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.





20140118 Dialogue Board 17288 (1)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.