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Presenter Bios

Annie Banza

Annie Banza is a registered nurse at the University of Utah Medical Center.

Barbara Jones Brown

Barbara Jones Brown is the executive director of the Mormon History Association. She previously worked as historical director for Better Days 2020, a non-profit dedicated to popularizing Utah women’s history and is currently co-authoring a forthcoming second volume of Massacre at Mountain Meadows with Richard E. Turley. She holds an MA in American History from the University of Utah.

Fiona Givens

Fiona Givens is an independent scholar who has published in several journals and reviews in Mormon Studies, including Journal of Mormon History, Exponent II, and LDS Living. Along with her husband, Terryl Givens, she is the author of The God Who Weeps, The Crucible of Doubt, and The Christ Who Heals. She will be joining the research staff at Brigham Young University’s Maxwell Institute in June.

Sharlee Mullins Glenn

Sharlee Mullins Glenn is a founder of Mormon Women for Ethical Government, a nonpartisan group dedicated to the ideals of honor, decency, accountability, transparency, and justice in governing. She is the author of five books for children.

Kristine Haglund

Kristine Haglund is the former editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, serving from 2008 to 2016, and a noted Mormon historian and cultural commentator. She currently manages the Business History Initiative at Harvard Business School.

Amy Hoyt

Amy Hoyt is a visiting scholar at Claremont Graduate University. She is co-editing the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Mormonism and Gender with Taylor Petrey and has published on gender in Mormonism in Gender & History and Feminist Theology. She holds a PhD from Claremont Graduate University in Women’s Studies in Religion.

Melissa Inouye

Melissa Inouye is a senior lecturer in Asian Studies at the University of Auckland, an associate editor of the Mormon Studies Review, and the creator of the Global Mormon Studies research network. She holds a PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. Her research focuses on the history of global Christianity, including the history of native Christianity in China and the history of global Mormonism. She is also active in the study of women and religion.

Linda Hoffman Kimball

Linda Hoffman Kimball is the co-editor-in-chief for Segullah, a founder of Mormon Women for Ethical Government, and the author, illustrator, and editor of over a dozen books.  

Laurie Maffly-Kipp

Laurie Maffly-Kipp is the Archer Alexander Distinguished Professor at Washington University in St. Louis’ Danforth Center on Religion and Politics. She is currently a visiting fellow at Brigham Young University’s Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship where she is researching international Latter-day Saint history. She has previously served as president of the Mormon History Association. Her publications include Setting Down the Sacred Past: African-American Race Histories, Religion and Society in Frontier California, and co-edited collections such as Proclamation to the People: Nineteenth-Century Mormonism and the Pacific Basin Frontier. Her teaching and research focuses on African American religions, Mormonism, and issues of intercultural contact.

Sherilyn Olsen

Sherilyn Olsen is the co-editor-in-chief for Segullah, an adoption advocate, and the author of Searched the World Over for Elie: An International Adoption Story.

Jana Riess

Jana Riess is a senior columnist for Religion News Service and the author or co-author of many books, including The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church, Mormonism and American Politics, Flunking Sainthood, and The Prayer Wheel: Rediscovering Prayer with an Ancient Spiritual Practice. She has a PhD in American religious history from Columbia University.

Bryndis Roberts

Bryndis Roberts is the current chair of Ordain Women’s Executive Board and has served on the Executive Board since 2014. She works as an attorney at Jenkins and Roberts LLC where her practice concentrates on employment law and contract litigation.

Cristina Rosetti

Cristina Rosetti is a doctoral candidate in religious studies at the University of California, Riverside. Her research focuses on the intersection of Mormonism and Spiritualism, with particular attention to Mormon fundamentalism, non-LDS Mormons, and underrepresented Mormon traditions. She was awarded the 2017-2018 Latter-day Saints Studies Fellowship at the University of Utah’s Tanner Humanities Center.    

Nancy Ross

Nancy Ross is an assistant professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Dixie State University. She is interested in the intersection of feminism, activism, and religion and was on the research team for the Mormon Gender Issues Survey.

Taunalyn Rutherford

Taunalyn Rutherford is an adjunct professor in Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University. She holds a PhD in Religious Studies from Claremont Graduate University. Her dissertation on the LDS Church in India was recently selected by the Mormon History Association for the best dissertation award.

Heather Sundahl

Heather Sundahl is President of the Executive Board for Exponent II.

Lisa Olsen Tait

Lisa Olsen Tait is a historian and writer specializing in women’s history at the Church History Library. She earned a PhD in American Literature and Women’s Studies from the University of Houston. Her research focuses primarily on gender and generational issues in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Mormondom. Her long-term project is a biography of Susa Young Gates. Her work portfolio currently includes writing (with Kate Holbrook) a history of the Young Women’s organization and serving as a review editor for Saints, the new history of the church. Lisa serves as co-chair of the Mormon Women’s History Initiative Team (MWHIT), an independent group that promotes research and sharing of Mormon women’s history among scholars and in the community at large.

Margaret Toscano

Margaret Toscano is an Associate Professor and Chair in World Languages and Cultures at the University of Utah. Over the last thirty years, she has written extensively on Mormon feminism including the co-authored volume Strangers in Paradox: Explorations in Mormon Theology (with Paul Toscano), articles in Dialogue and Sunstone, and her essay “The Mormon ‘Ordain Women’ Movement: The Virtue of Virtual Activism” which appeared in the collection Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century: Technology, Dialogue, and Expanding Borders.

Astrid S. Tuminez

Astrid S. Tuminez is the seventh president of Utah Valley University and the first woman to serve full-time as UVU president. Raised in the Philippines, Tuminez rose to become a world leader in the fields of technology and political science, most recently serving as an executive at Microsoft. She is also the former vice dean of research and assistant dean of executive education at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.