Mormonism in the American Experience
Matthew S. Holland is the President of Utah Valley University, where he has been serving since June of
2009. Before assuming his current position, President Holland was an associate professor
of political science at Brigham Young University, where he taught courses in political
philosophy and American political thought, including BYU's large general education
sections of American Heritage. His scholarly research on how ideals of Christian charity
influenced the development of American political life garnered national attention.
In 2005, he won Princeton University's James Madison Fellowship. In 2007, his book,
Bonds of Affection: Civic Charity and the Making of America, was published by Georgetown
University Press. He graduated from Brigham Young University with honors in 1991,
and was valedictorian for the political science department. That same year he was
awarded the Raoul Wallenberg Scholarship for a year of graduate study at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem. Before going on to earn his master's degree and Ph.D. in
political science at Duke University, President Holland served as chief of staff for
the top executive of the international consulting firm Monitor Group.
Kristine Haglund is editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. She is a noted Mormon historian and cultural commentator and has been a regular
contributor to the weblogs By Common Consent and Times and Seasons. With an A.B. from
Harvard in German Studies and an M.A. from the University of Michigan in German Literature,
her research interests include gender and religion, Mormon women's and children's
history, and religious publications in new media. Recent publications include "The
Best Place to Deal with Questions: An Interview with Brady Udall," Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (2010), "Mormon Publishing, the Internet, and the Democratization of Information,"
Patheos, (2010), and a review of The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race by Willie James Jennings (2010), as well as forthcoming papers in anthologies by Oxford University Press and
the University of Utah Press. She lectures widely on Mormon topics and has presented
papers at the College of the Holy Cross, the Center of the American West, Utah Valley
University, Southern Virginia University, the University of Utah, and Claremont Graduate
University. She lives in Belmont, Massachusetts with her three children.
Fredrick Gedicks holds the Guy Anderson Chair at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.
He is widely published on law and religion, constitutional law, and constitutional
interpretation, including articles or essays in the Boston College Law Review, Constitutional Commentary, Emory Law Journal, George Washington Law Review, Indiana Law Journal,Southern California Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, and Virginia Law Review. He has also published two books, Choosing the Dream: The Future of Religion in American Public Life (Greenwood Press), and The Rhetoric of Church and State: A Critical Analysis of Religion Clause Jurisprudence (Duke University Press). Professor Gedicks's current research focuses on the effects
of belief on American law and society, the Religion Clauses of the 1st Amendment,
and the original meaning of the Due Process Clauses of the 5th and 14th Amendments.
Among his recent publications are "God of Our Fathers, Gods for Ourselves: Fundamentalism
and Postmodern Belief," 18 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal; and "Truth and Conseqences: Mitt Romney, Proposition 8, and Public Reason," Alabama Law Review.
Kate Holbrook is a research specialist at the LDS Church History Department. With a master's degree
from Harvard Divinity School in world religions, and as a Ph.D. candidate in American
Religious History from Boston University, she specializes primarily in LDS women's
history. She was the inaugural recipient of the Eccles Fellowship in Mormon Studies
at the University of Utah. Her research there focused on twentieth century Mormon
food habits and their social and cultural implications. She also co-directed and participated
in the recent conference entitled "Women and the LDS Church" at the University of
Utah. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and three daughters.
Grant Underwood is professor of history at Brigham Young University and author of The Millenarian World of Early Mormonism (University of Illinois Press) and Voyages of Faith: Explorations in Mormon Pacific History (Brigham Young University
Press). Prior to his current appointment, he served as a research historian in the Joseph
Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History at Brigham Young University.
He is the founding co-chair of Mormon Studies Group in the American Academy of Religion
and is currently working on Mormonism Among Christian Theologies for Oxford University Press, which explores points of contact and divergence between
Mormonism and the broader Christian tradition. He published the entry for "Mormonism"
in the Encyclopedia of Millennialism and Millennial Movements (Routledge) and serves as volume co-editor for the Documents series in the Joseph Smith Papers
James Faulconer is a Richard L. Evans Professor of Religious Understanding and a professor of philosophy
at Brigham Young University. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Pennsylvania State
University. He has published Appropriating Heidegger; Transcendence in Philosophy and Religion; Faith, Philosophy,
Scripture; The Life of Holiness: Romans 1, 5-8; and The Doctrine and Covenants Made Harder, and he was the founding editor of Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy. Faulconer writes a weekly column, "Speaking Silence," for the on-line religion library,
Patheos. He is the former dean of General Education and Honors and chair of the Philosophy
Department at Brigham Young University. Faulconer currently serves as associate director
for the Wheatley Institution and has recently accepted a position in London to build
the presence of BYU in Europe.
J. Spencer Fluhman is assistant professor of history at Brigham Young University, where he teaches American
religious history. He graduated summa cum laude from BYU and received masters and
doctoral degrees in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has held
fellowships from the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture (IUPUI)
and the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History (BYU). His research
takes up the question of religious identity and the intersection between religion
and politics in the United States. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Journal of Religion and Society, Journal of Mormon History, BYU Studies, and Mormon Historical Studies. His article, "An 'American Mahomet': Joseph Smith, Muhammad, and the Problem of
Prophets in Antebellum America," (Journal of Mormon History, 2008) won the T. Edgar Lyon Award for Best Article of the Year from the Mormon History
Association in 2009. He is the author of “A Peculiar People”: Anti-Mormonism and the Making of Religion in Nineteenth-Century
America, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2012.
Patrick Mason is the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies and Associate Professor of Religion
at Claremont Graduate University. He directs the Department of Religion's programs
in North American Religion and Mormon Studies, and also currently serves as department
chair. He is the author of The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South (Oxford University Press, 2011), and co-editor, with David Pulsipher and Richard
Bushman, of War and Peace in Our Time: Mormon Perspectives (Greg Kofford Books, 2012). He earned his graduate degrees from the University of
Notre Dame in history and international peace studies. Prior to joining the CGU faculty
Mason held positions at the University of Notre Dame and American University in Cairo.
His current research projects include a biography of Ezra Taft Benson and a co-authored
book developing a Mormon theology and ethic of peace. Dr. Mason has become a nationally
recognized authority on Mormonism with regular appearances in the New York Times,
Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, and ABC
Philip Barlow is is the Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State
University. He earned a B.A. from Weber State College and an M.T.S. and Ph.D. (1988,
with an emphasis on Religion and American Culture and on the History of Christianity)
from Harvard University. He spent two years as a Mellon Fellow at the University of
Rochester after which he became professor of Theological Studies at Hanover College
in Indiana. He will teach introductory courses in Religious Studies and Mormon and
American Culture as well as upper-level courses in American religion, and explorations
of time, silence, and film. While teaching at Hanover College, Dr. Barlow was the
recipient of Hanover's Arthur and Ilene Baynham Award for Outstanding Teaching in
1995 and 2001. In addition to articles, essays, and reviews, Dr. Barlow has published
Mormons and the Bible: The Place of the Latter-day Saints in American Religion (Oxford Univ. Press, 1991); the New Historical Atlas of Religion in America (Oxford, 2000, co-authored with Edwin Scott Gaustad); and, as co-editor with Mark
Silk, Religion and Public Life in the Midwest: America's Common Denominator? (Alta Mira Press, 2004). He is past president of the Mormon History Association.
Lisa Tait has a PhD in English, with an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in Women's Studies
from the University of Houston. Her dissertation research and subsequent publications
have focused on gender and generational dynamics in the 1890s as the Mormons headed
into the turbulent period known as "Mormonism in transition." She is working on a
biography of Susa Young Gates, a daughter of Brigham Young who was an influential
women's leader and prolific Mormon writer during that period. Lisa serves as chair
of the executive committee of the Mormon Women's History Initiative Team, an independent
group that works to foster networking and scholarship in the field. She teaches in
the Department of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University.