Mormonism in the American Experience


Brian Birch is Director of the Religious Studies Program at Utah Valley University. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Philosophy from the University of Utah (1990, 1992) and completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion  and Theology from Claremont Graduate University in 1998. He specializes in the philosophy of religion, ethics, religious pluralism, and comparative Christian thought. He is the founding editor of Teaching Ethics and Element: The Journal of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology. His current book project is entitled Mormonism Among Christian Theologies for Oxford University Press.

Boyd Petersen is the Program Coordinator for Mormon Studies at Utah Valley University. He received his Bachelors degree from Brigham Young University in French and International Relations. He went on to obtain a Masters from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah, both in Comparative Literature. His  research emphases are Romanticism and religious literature. He regularly teaches Literature of the Sacred and Mormon Literature in the Department of English and Literature. He is the author of Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life and currently serves as President of the Association for Mormon Letters and as Book Review Editor for the Journal of Mormon History.

Blair Van Dyke coordinates Mormon Studies and Interfaith Engagement at the Orem Institute of Religion and is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy at Utah Valley University. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Religious Studies and Mormon Studies Programs at UVU. He has published articles in domestic and international journals and is the co-author of Holy Lands: A History of the Latter-day Saints in the Near East (2005), Dedicating the Holy Land: A Critical Edition of the 1872-73 Correspondence of the Mormon Palestine Tourists and The Expanded Canon: Perspectives on Mormonism and Sacred Texts are two books nearing completion for which Van Dyke serves as co-editor. His research and writings frequently explore religious, cultural, historical, and literary intersections where Mormonism and society meet.