Conference Participants

Philip L. Barlow is Leonard J. Arrington Chair in Mormon Studies & Culture at Utah State University. He is the author and editor of several books including Mormons and the Bible: The Place of Latter-day Saints in American Religion, New Historical Atlas of Religion in America, and The Oxford Handbook of Mormonism. He is frequent commentator on religion in outlets such as CNN, National Public Radio, USA Today, and the New York Times.

Brian D. Birch is Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics and Religious Studies Program at Utah Valley University. He is the founding editor of Element: The Journal of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology and series co-editor for Perspectives on Mormon Theology. His recent projects include The Expanded Canon: Mormonism and Sacred Texts. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Parliament of the World’s Religions and Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought

Matthew Bowman is Associate Professor of History at Henderson State University. He is the author of The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith and The Urban Pulpit: New York City and the Fate of Liberal Evangelicalism. His latest projects include two books, Christian: The Politics of a Word in America and Women and the LDS Church in Historical and Contemporary Perspective. He completed his Ph.D. in history at Georgetown University. 

David Bokovoy is an instructor of Bible and Jewish Studies at Utah State University. He holds a Masters of Arts in Near Eastern & Judaic Studies and a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East, both from Brandeis University. David has published articles on the Hebrew Bible in a variety of academic venues including the Journal of Biblical Literature, Vetus Testamentum, Studies in the Bible and Antiquity, and the FARMS Review. His most current book is Reading the Old Testament: Genesis-Deuteronomy,

Deidre N. Green is a postdoctorate research fellow at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University. She completed her undergraduate studies in Philosophy at BYU, holds a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Religion from Claremont Graduate University. She is the author of Works of Love in a World of Violence, and “A Self That Is Not One: Kierkegaard, Niebuhr, and Saiving on the Sin of Selflessness,” in the Journal of Religion. 

Jamie L. Jensen is an Associate Professor of Biology at Brigham Young University. She completed her undergraduate work in Animal Science and received a Ph.D. in Biology at Arizona State University. She has also been an active member of the Broader Social Impacts Committee (BCIS) of the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Project and has published research on religious perspectives on evolution in Evolution, Education, and Outreach.

Heath Ogden is an Associate Professor of Evolution, Bioinformatics, and Entomology at Utah Valley University. He completed his undergraduate studies in Zoology at Brigham Young University, holds a Master of Science with Mention in Zoology from Universidad de Concepción, and a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology (with an emphasis in Molecular Systematics) from BYU. He reviews for several scientific journals, and is a member of the Advisory Board for the UVU Capital Reef Field Station.

Steven L. Peck is an Associate Professor of Biology at Brigham Young University. He is the author of Science the Key to Theology and Evolving Faith: Wanderings of a Mormon Biologist. He has also advised for multiple United Nations Joint FAO/IAEA missions, most recently in Sengal with the French Research Organization CIRAD. He has published in Philosophy of Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and Zygon: The Journal of Religion & Science.

Boyd Jay Petersen is the Program Coordinator for Mormon Studies at Utah Valley University and editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. He is author of Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life and has published in the Journal of Mormon History, Voices for Equality: Ordain Women and Resurgent Mormon Feminism, and the The New York Review of Science Fiction. He served as Book Review Editor for the Journal of Mormon History and is past president of the Association of Mormon Letters.

Jana K. Riess is Senior Columnist for Religion News Service. She has authored and edited several books including Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor; Mormonism and American Politics; and Mormonism for Dummies. She holds degrees in religion from Wellesley College and Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in American Religious History from Columbia University. Her latest project is the forthcoming study entitled The Next Mormons, a national survey of four generations of Latter-day Saints.

David W. Scott is a Professor of Communication at Utah Valley University and associate editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. His publications include "Dinosaurs on Noah's Ark: Multi-media Narratives and Natural Science Museum Discourse at the Creation Museum in Kentucky" in the Journal of Media & Religion and "Communicating Jesus" in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. He is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Religion, Communication, and Media and Religion & Mass Media.

Benjamin Spackman is a doctoral student in the History of Christianity & Religions of North America at Claremont Graduate University. He completed his undergraduate program in Near Eastern Studies at Brigham Young University and holds a Master of Arts in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. He is a contributor to The Religious Educator and author of "Truth, Scripture, and Interpretation." He blogs at Ben the Scribe and contributes to Times and Seasons.

Blair Van Dyke is an instructor in the Department of Philosophy and Humanities Department and Religious Studies Program at Utah Valley University where he also serves as Co-Advisor to the UVU Interfaith Student Council. He is the author of Holy Lands: A History of the Latter-day Saints in the Near East. He is also a senior research fellow at the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy where he leads the Mormon Chapter of the organization.

Grant Underwood is professor of history and Richard L. Evans Professor of Religious Understanding at Brigham Young University. He is author of The Millenniel World of Early Mormonism and Voyages of Faith: Explorations in the Mormon Pacific. He is the founding co-chair of the Mormon Studies Group for the American Academy of Religion and serves on the Advisory Board for the Mormon Studies Review. His current book project is entitled Mormonism Among Christian Theologies

Molly Worthen is Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a contributing writer for the New York Times on religion and American politics. She is author of Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism and has contributed to the New Yorker, SlateAmerican Prospect, Foreign Policy, and other publications. She is a contributor to The Great Courses on The History of Christianity: From Reformation to Modern Megachurch.