Emily Belanger received an M.F.A. in creative writing from Brigham Young University, where she taught college writing.  She now lives in Georgia.

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Matthew Bowman teaches history at Bowling Green State University and is the author of The Mormon People: the Making of an American Faith.



Seth Bryant, a US Navy Chaplain assigned to a USMC grunt unit, has graduate degrees from the University of Florida, studying religion in the Americas, and Vanderbilt University, in American religious history.


Amy Gordon Grigg is an aerospace engineer by profession and a theologian by inclination. She can most often be found with her nose in a book.



Rachael Givens Johnson is a PhD student at UVA, studying relationships between gender, religion, and rationality in early modern Europe.

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Heidi Harris (on hiatus) received her graduate degree at Boston University focusing on 19th century American religious history and gender theology.

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haycockMichael Haycock is a graduate of Yale University, currently pursuing an MA in religion at Claremont Graduate University, where he focuses on American religious history, Mormonism, and gender studies, with smatterings of other interests.


Kate Holbrook is a specialist in women’s history at the LDS Church History Library, and holds a PhD in American religious history from Boston University.

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Xarissa Holdaway is a web editor for The Charlie Rose Show. She lives in New York City.

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David J. Howlett is visiting assistant professor at Skidmore College, where he teaches courses on religion in the United States, Mormon history and culture, the anthropology of pilgrimage, and Native American religions.

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Alan Hurst is an aspiring legal scholar studying the ways law manages religious diversity in society. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and Yale Law School, and he recently completed a fellowship at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture.

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Cristine Hutchison-Jones (on hiatus) earned her PhD in Religious Studies from Boston University. Her research focuses on the cultural and intellectual history of religious intolerance and representations of minority groups in the United States.

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Melissa Inouye (on hiatus) holds a Ph.D. in Chinese history from Harvard University and is a lecturer in Chinese history at Auckland University.

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Christopher Jones (on hiatus) is a PhD candidate in history at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he studies the cultural and religious history of 18th and 19th century North America and the Caribbean.

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lefler Amy and Beau Lefler live and work in Hong Kong. They earned graduate degrees in education and in law, and are passionate about learning through service. 

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Richard T. Livingston is a PhD candidate in philosophy of religion and theology at Claremont Graduate University, and an adjunct instructor in Comparative Religion at California State University, Fullerton where he teaches an introductory course on Mormonism.

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Patrick Mason is Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University.

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mcbaineA graduate of Yale University, Neylan McBaine is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Mormon Women Project, a continuously expanding library of interviews with LDS women found at Her writings have been published in Newsweek, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Meridian Magazine, the Washington Post and others.


Susanna Morrill is associate professor of religious studies at Lewis & Clark College where she teaches courses on U.S. religions, Mormonism, women in religion, and the intersection of religion and popular culture.

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Benjamin E. Park holds a PhD in history from the University of Cambridge where he focused on the cultural, religious, and intellectual history of early America.  He is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Missouri

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Taylor G. Petrey is the Lucinda Hinsdale Stone Assistant Professor of Religion at Kalamazoo College specializing in Early Christianity and Biblical Studies, and is director of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality program.

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shaferCody Schafer is a writer and thinker currently based in Ireland.

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Joe Spencer is a Ph.D. student in philosophy at the University of New Mexico, where he studies twentieth-century philosophy by day and writes Mormon scriptural theology by night.

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Ryan Tobler (on hiatus) is a graduate student at Harvard University and an editorial fellow at BYU Studies. He studies early American religion, life, and culture.

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Paul Valley is a freelance photographer based out of Park City, Utah. He travels around a lot and values few things more than a great story.

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