About the Contributors

Don L. Brugger holds an MA in American literature from Brigham Young University, where he works for the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship as senior editor and associate director of publications. His previous editorial experience includes stints with the Los Angeles Times, the Ensign magazine, and Deseret Book Company.

James L. Farmer earned a BS in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and a PhD in biology from Brown University. After three years as an instructor of biophysics at the University of Colorado Medical Center, he began his career as a zoology professor at Brigham Young University, retiring in 2000. His research has focused on biochemistry and genetics.

James E. Faulconer (PhD, Pennsylvania State University) holds a Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding and is a professor of philosophy at Brigham Young University. He has previously served in several administrative positions there, including dean of Undergraduate Studies. Faulconer publishes regularly in academic journals, and his recent books include editing Transcendence in Religion and Philosophy (Indiana University Press, 2003) and Appropriating Heidegger (with Mark Wrathall, Cambridge University Press, 2000). He is the author of Romans 1: Notes and Reflections (FARMS, 1999) and Tools for Scripture Study (FARMS, 1999).

Brant A. Gardner received an MA in anthropology from the State University of New York, Albany, specializing in Mesoamerican ethnohistory. Although earning a living as a sales consultant for a software firm, he has kept a finger in his academic first love, publishing articles on Nahuatl mythology and kinship. He is the author of Second Witness: An Analytical and Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, published by Greg Kofford Books in 2007.

John Gee earned a PhD in Egyptology from Yale University. He is currently William (Bill) Gay Associate Research Professor of Egyptology at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University. He is active in Egyptology, having published numerous articles and spoken in dozens of international conferences. He currently serves as the editor of the Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities.

Terryl L. Givens (PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is a professor of literature and religion and holds the James A. Bostwick Chair of English at the University of Richmond, in Richmond, Virginia. He is the author of Viper on the Hearth: Mormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy (1997); By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture That Launched a New World Religion (2002); and a forthcoming book on Mormon cultural history, all from Oxford University Press.

Ronan James Head was raised in Malvern, England. He graduated with first-class honors from the University of Birmingham and earned an MA in Oriental studies from the University of Oxford. He is currently finishing a PhD in Near Eastern studies at the Johns Hopkins University. He cochairs the European Mormon Studies Association, serves as international editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and writes for the Mormon blog By Common Consent.

Trevor R. Holyoak graduated magna cum laude from Weber State University with a BS in computer science and currently works as a programmer. He has written numerous book reviews and has cowritten and edited articles for the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR).

Louis Midgley, who earned his PhD at Brown University, is a professor emeritus of political science at Brigham Young University.

George L. Mitton, after graduate studies at Utah State University and Columbia University, spent his career in education and public administration, much of it with the government of the state of Oregon.

Larry E. Morris, who has an MA in American literature from Brigham Young University, is a senior editor with the Joseph Smith Papers project. Among his works are The Fate of the Corps: What Became of the Lewis and Clark Explorers after the Expedition (Yale, 2004), “Oliver Cowdery’s Vermont Years and the Origins of Mormonism” (BYU Studies 39/1), and “Oliver Cowdery and His Critics” (FARMS Review 15/1).

L. Ara Norwood earned an MA in management from Claremont Graduate University, where he studied with Peter F. Drucker. As managing partner of Leadership Development Systems, he writes and lectures widely on leadership and related subjects.

Daniel C. Peterson earned a PhD in Near Eastern languages and cultures from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is a professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at Brigham Young University, where he also directs the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (see meti.byu.edu).

Lawrence (Larry) Poulsen earned his PhD in chemistry from the University of California at Riverside and recently retired from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was employed as a research scientist and lecturer in the field of biochemistry. He has published widely in the field of biochemical toxicity and protein structure. His conclusions on the influence of ancient and modern Mesoamerican culture on the interpretation of Book of Mormon geography appear on his Web site at http://www.poulsenll.org/bom/index.html.

Tom Rosson, a semiconductor lithography engineer, received a BS in electrical engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1991. He has contributed to many discussions of Latter-day Saint doctrine, history, and other topics.

Cherry B. Silver holds a BA from the University of Utah, an AM from Boston University, and a PhD from Harvard University in English literature. She has taught American literature at Brigham Young University, Eastern Washington University, and community colleges in California and Washington State. As a research associate at the Women’s Research Institute at BYU, she annotates the diaries of Emmeline B. Wells and serves on the executive committee of the Mormon Women’s History Initiative Team. Along with Carol Cornwall Madsen, she edited New Scholarship on Latter-day Saint Women in the Twentieth Century (2005).

Gregory L. Smith received undergraduate training in human physiology and is a medical doctor who practices rural family medicine. As a clinical instructor, he has been repeatedly honored by medical students and residents. His article on Latter-day Saint plural marriage (published online by the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research) was recently requested for a collection of essays exploring polygamy.

Sandra A. Thorne received a BA in Spanish from Brigham Young University, where she is an editorial assistant at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship.

Richard N. Williams received MS and PhD degrees from Purdue University in psychological science and philosophy. He is professor of psychology and director of the Wheatley Institution at Brigham Young University. His scholarly interests include the conceptual foundations of psychological theories and the relationship between traditional and postmodern perspectives. His publications related to this topic include “Restoration and the ‘Turning of Things Upside Down’: What Is Required of an LDS Perspective” (AMCAP Journal, 1998) and “Agency: Philosophical and Spiritual Foundations for Applied Psychology,” in Turning Freud Upside Down: Gospel Perspectives on Psychotherapy’s Fundamental Problems (BYU Press, 2005).