Dialogue Announces New Editors

December 18, 2023

The Dialogue Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Margaret Olsen Hemming and Caroline Kline have been appointed as the next editors of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. They will be replacing Taylor Petrey, who has served as editor since 2019.

Hemming and Kline bring extensive experience, skills, and reputation to the journal. Hemming, a graduate student at Duke Divinity School, was previously editor of Exponent II. Her three-volume series, The Book of Mormon for the Least of These (co-authored with Fatimah Salleh), has been heralded as a landmark commentary on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’s keystone scripture. Kline received her doctorate in religion from Claremont Graduate University, where she is currently the assistant director of the Center for Global Mormon Studies. Her first book, Mormon Women at the Crossroads: Global Narratives and the Power of Connectedness, received the Mormon History Association’s Best International Book award.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome and announce Margaret Olsen Hemming and Caroline Kline as incoming editors for Dialogue.” said Christian Kimball, chair of the Dialogue board. “They check every box we look for, individually and collectively, and thanks to direct conversations I am confident of their commitment and dedication, knowledge of Dialogue’s legacy, and their interest in extending that legacy into the future. I think Dialogue is going to get a 1 + 1 = 3 kind of benefit with Margaret and Caroline working together, and authors thinking about submissions should look forward to working with them.” 

Dialogue has served as the premier repository for Mormon culture since 1966. Eugene England, the journal’s founding editor, helped establish a tradition of quarterly issues that include scholarly articles, personal essays, poetry, art, reviews, sermons, and other facets of the community’s thought and culture. The journal has taken a number of steps in recent years to reach an increasingly digital and fast-paced audience. These include an increased social media presence, a vibrant podcast network, a popular gospel study series, an active book club, as well as engaging virtual events. Physical copies of each issue are available through a subscription and distributed through the University of Illinois Press, and all content is free on the journal’s website from the moment of publication.

Taylor Petrey, who knows more than anybody what’s involved, says “the new editors are an excellent choice to carry on the legacy of this great journal and lead it for a new generation. Readers and contributors will be very pleased with the wonderful talents these editors bring to enrich our minds and hearts.” 

“Caroline and I are honored to be part of this incredible organization,” Hemming notes. “We have deep respect for Dialogue‘s history and look forward to helping the journal fulfill its mission of publishing scholarly and artistic perspectives on religious thought.”

Due to necessitating circumstances that require a prolonged timeline for the transition, Taylor Petrey’s editorial tenure will be extended until May 1, 2025, at which point Hemming and Kline will take full control.

Please join us in welcoming our new editors, who will help continue the journal’s legacy into its sixth decade.