About the Contributors

John Gee earned a PhD in Egyptology from Yale University. He is currently the 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.

Kevin Christensen earned a BA in English from San Jose State University. He has worked as a technical writer in California, Kansas, Missouri, and, for the past six years, Pittsburgh. He has contributed articles to the FARMS Review, the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Dialogue, Sunstone, FARMS Occasional Papers, Glimpses of Lehi’s Jerusalem, and Joseph Smith Jr.: Reappraisals after Two Centuries.

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

George L. Mitton, after completing 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.

Steven L. Olsen received a PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago. He has worked for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for his entire career, serving currently as senior curator for the Church History Department. He has presented and published professionally in the fields of Mormon studies, museum studies, and urban history. He is working on a series of essays on the Book of Mormon from a literary perspective, including the one published in this issue of the FARMS Review. He also serves on the boards of the Utah Humanities Council and American Society of Church History.

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).

Matthew Roper (MA, Brigham Young University) is a research scholar for the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Brigham Young University.

Robert F. Smith, who recently retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, has studied archaeology, anthropology, and languages at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem; at the University of California, Los Angeles; and at California State University, Long Beach.

Mark H. Willes received his AB degree from Columbia College, New York City, and his PhD from the Columbia Graduate School of Business. He was president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, vice chairman of General Mills Inc., and chairman, president, and CEO of Times Mirror. In 2009 he was appointed president and CEO of Deseret Management Corporation.