Dialogue Editors

Taylor Petrey

Editor

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Taylor Petrey

Editor

Kalamazoo, MI

Taylor Petrey is the editor of Dialogue: a journal of Mormon thought. Petrey holds a BA in philosophy and religion from Pace University, and both an MTSE and a Th.D. degree from Harvard Divinity School in New Testament and Early Christianity. He joined the faculty of Kalamazoo College in 2010 and served as the Director of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality program from 2012 through 2016. He is currently chair of the Religion Department. Petrey is the author or editor of numerous books and articles on Mormonism, gender, sexuality, and early Christian thought. His essay Toward a Post-Heterosexual Mormon Theology received Dialogue’s Best Article award in 2011 and has become one of the most downloaded and cited articles in the journal’s history.

Elizabeth C. Garcia

Poetry

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Elizabeth C. Garcia

Poetry

Atlanta, GA

Allison Hong Merrill

Personal Voices

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Allison Hong Merrill

Personal Voices

SLC, UT

Jennifer Quist

Fiction

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Jennifer Quist

Fiction

Edmonton, Canada

Margaret Hemming Olsen

Art

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Margaret Hemming Olsen

Art

Chapel Hill, NC

Adam McLain

Social Media Manager

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Adam McLain

Social Media Manager

Lenexa, KS

Cristina Rosetti

Reviews (Non-fiction)

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Cristina Rosetti

Reviews (Non-fiction)

St. George, UT

Andrew Hall

Reviews (Literature)

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Andrew Hall

Reviews (Literature)

Fukuoka, Japan

Daniel Foster Smith

Production Editor

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Daniel Foster Smith

Production Editor

Ogden, UT

Emily W. Jensen

Web Editor

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Emily W. Jensen

Web Editor

Bountiful, UT

Dialogue Board Members

Karla Stirling

Chair

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Karla Stirling

Chair

Bountiful, UT

Karla Stirling serves as chair 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.

Molly McLellan Bennion

Treasurer

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Molly McLellan Bennion

Treasurer

Seattle, WA

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 inÊDialogue, the anthologyÊWhy I Stay, (ed. by Robert A. Rees), and the upcomingÊThe 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.

Taylor Petrey

Editor

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Taylor Petrey

Editor

Kalamazoo, MI

Taylor Petrey is the editor of Dialogue: a journal of Mormon thought. Petrey holds a BA in philosophy and religion from Pace University, and both an MTSE and a Th.D. degree from Harvard Divinity School in New Testament and Early Christianity. He joined the faculty of Kalamazoo College in 2010 and served as the Director of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality program from 2012 through 2016. He is currently chair of the Religion Department. Petrey is the author or editor of numerous books and articles on Mormonism, gender, sexuality, and early Christian thought. His essay Toward a Post-Heterosexual Mormon Theology receivedDialogue’s Best Article award in 2011 and has become one of the most downloaded and cited articles in the journal’s history.

Michael Austin

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Michael Austin

Evansville, IN

Michael Austin, who serves as chair of the Dialogue Board of Directors, is Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. 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 eleven books, including the AML-Award winning Re-reading Job and the recent trade book, We Must Not Be Enemies: Restoring America’s Civic Tradition.

Morris Thurston

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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.

Benjamin Park

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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 Dialogue, Journal of Mormon History, Early American Studies, Journal of the Early Republic, American Nineteenth Century History, and Church History, and his essays have appeared in Washington Post, Newsweek, Religion & Politics, Talking Points Memo, and Religion Dispatches. His first book was American Nationalisms: Imagining Union in the Age of Revolutions (Cambridge University Press), and has completed his second, Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American Frontier (W. W. Norton/Liveright).

Rebecca de Schweinitz

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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

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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.

Linda Hoffman Kimball

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Linda Hoffman Kimball

Woodland Hills, UT

Linda Hoffman Kimball is an author, artist, poet and an accidental activist. She has written, compiled or illustrated 16 books and has had her work included in many more. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA from Boston University. She has served on the boards of the Chicago Metro History Education Center, Exponent II, Mormon Women for Ethical Government, and Segullah.org. As well as serving on the board of Dialogue, she is currently Art Director of Segullah, and Co-Founder of Mormon Women for Ethical Government. Reared in the Chicago area and educated in New England, Linda flourished in her Christian faith and, to her surprise, felt herself called to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while a student at Wellesley College. She is a joyful attender of LDS women’s gatherings and retreats – especially Midwest Pilgrims and Exponent II. She currently resides high on a mountain top in Woodland, UT.

Matthew Bowman

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Matthew Bowman

Claremont, CA

Matthew Bowman is the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University, and the author of The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith (Random House, 2012) and Christian: The Politics of a Word in America (Harvard, 2018). He received his PhD at Georgetown University, and watches a lot of professional basketball.

Christian Kimball

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Christian Kimball

Woodland Hills, UT

Chris Kimball is a partner at Jenner & Block, LLP. His legal career has included partnership in two major law firms, teaching full-time at Boston University School of Law and as an adjunct at several programs offering an LLM in Taxation, and serving as Chief Legal Officer (and other titles) for a global advertising firm. He is a graduate of Harvard University (BA Applied Mathematics) and the University of Chicago Law School (JD). He is the co-author of Organizing the Corporate Venture, has published a number of articles (related to tax law) in professional and academic journals, and is a regular contributor (but not related to tax law) in the Mormon blogosphere. Chris and Linda are parents of three children and grandparents of seven.

Stephen Bradford

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Stephen Bradford

Berkeley, CA

Steve Bradford’s mother served as the editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought from the basement while Steve was a teenager in that same basement (the walls – for better or worse – were thin). Simultaneously, Steve’s father served upstairs as the bishop of the Arlington (VA) Ward. This experience has colored Steve’s view of the world ever since. (See Bradford, Mary L.: “BIG D/Little d: The View from the Basement”, Dialogue 20 (Fall 1987): 13-23). Initially agreeing to a Dialogue board position while serving as bishop of the East Pasadena (CA) Ward, Steve retreated from the board when he realized time wouldn’t allow for him to be at once – upstairs and downstairs. Now recently released as bishop and having tagged along with his wife to be closer to an amazing granddaughter and her parents in Berkeley, CA, Steve is all-in on the board while continuing to practice law (until he gets it right) with a California-based law firm, and dabbling in other Mormon Studies ventures at Claremont Graduate University and the Graduate Theological Union.

Zachary Davis

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Zachary Davis

Boston, MA

Zachary Davis is the founder and President of Lyceum, an educational audio platform, network and production studio headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Davis is also the host and executive producer of the Harvard podcast Ministry of Ideas, a founding member of the Hub & Spoke audio collective and the organizer of the Sound Education conference. Before founding Lyceum, Davis was a producer at HarvardX where he focused on producing massive open online courses (MOOCs) for the edX education platform. Ranging from Shakespeare to American Government, his courses have been taken by more than 500,000 people. Davis is a graduate of Harvard and Brigham Young University and lives in Boston with his wife and two children.

Josh Penrod

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Josh Penrod

Orem, UT

Josh Penrod is a technology executive who has been working in software since 1999 when, as a BYU student, the first website he worked on was the BYU Speeches site. He was so excited about the potential of the internet that he dropped out of college and joined a startup. To the relief of his History Professor father and English teacher mother, he went back to school and graduated from BYU with a BS in Psychology in 2001. He is currently Chief Product Officer at Podium, and prior to that, he was Vice President of User Experience at Ancestry.com. Josh is passionate about helping refugees, and due to connections made during his time as a missionary in Venezuela, he has focused on assisting Venezuelans refugees. Josh and his wife Adrienne live in Orem, Utah and are the parents of four children.

Esther Hi’ilani Candari

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Esther Hi’ilani Candari

American, UT

Esther Hi’ilani Candari was born to a mixed Asian American family and raised on the beautiful eastern shore of Oahu, Hawai’i. As an artist, her work reflects this rich multicultural upbringing and often draws upon Polynesian symbols and cultural ideologies. Her work is primarily figurative and explores concepts such as; multiracial identity; gender and the female gaze in the context of religion; and the nuance of human psychology that can be expressed through portraiture. As an academic, her research and written work complement her visual artistry and serve to enrich and inform conversations related to race, gender, and Latter-day Saint doctrine. She has a BFA from BYU-H, an MFA from Liberty University, and studied at the New York Academy of Art. “Barren: A Case Study in Using Art to Foster Empathy By Providing Deeper Insight and Encouraging Contemporary Dialogue” is a comprehensive study of biblical infertility narratives, both visual and written, across historic and modern Judeo-Christian communities this used as a case study of using art to address problematic approaches to complicated theological narratives. She is an online faculty member of Southern Virginia University and the Curriculum Developer for Sentient Academy. When not neck deep in reading books on biblical history, feverishly painting the wrinkles on a thumb, conducting art education market research, or writing another article about how Church art still isn’t diverse enough, she can be found rooting around in her garden full of edible flowers and heirloom tomatoes. She lives in Utah County with her husband, (soon to be Dr.) Steven Christiansen, and an ever-growing collection of houseplants.

Dialogue Editorial Board

Rebekah Perkins Crawford

Richelle Wilson

Thomas Wayment

Blair Van Dyke

John Turner

James Jones

Stephen Taysom

Steven L. Peck

Blaire Ostler

Randall Paul

Sara Patterson

Nathan B. Oman

Mike MacKay

Becky Reid Linford

Farina King

Michael D. K. Ing

Brian M. Hauglid

Ignacio M. Garcia

Brian Birch

Darron Smith