About the Contributors

About the Contributors

Duane Boyce received his academic training in psychology, philosophy,
and the clinical treatment of families. He received a PhD from Brigham Young University
and conducted his postdoctoral study in developmental psychology at Harvard
University. He is the coauthor of three books and is part-owner of a worldwide management consulting/training and educational firm headquartered
in Salt Lake City.

Robert H. Briggs received a BA in political science from Brigham Young
University in 1974 and a JD from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1977.
He has practiced law in southern California for thirty years. His articles and
book reviews have been published in Western Legal History, the Journal of Mormon
, Sunstone, the Utah Historical Quarterly,
and the FARMS Review. He received the 2006 Dale L. Morgan Award for his
article in the Utah Historical Quarterly analyzing participant confessions concerning the
Mountain Meadows Massacre.

Brant A. Gardner received
an MS 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.

William P. MacKinnon is an
independent historian and management consultant living in Santa Barbara,
California. Since 1963 his work has appeared in more than thirty-five journals.
The first part of his two-volume documentary history of the Utah War, At Sword’s
, was published in 2008. In 2007 he received the Thomas L. Kane
Award from the Mormon History Association. An alumnus of Yale and Harvard
universities, he is a former vice president of General Motors, a veteran of the
U.S. Air Force, and past chairman of the board of
Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

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.

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

Shirley S. Ricks, PhD, is
senior production editor at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious
Scholarship. She has been closely involved in the source checking, editing, and
production of the various volumes in the Collected Works of Hugh Nibley series
since the late 1980s. She also served as the production editor for the FARMS Review for the first nineteen years of its existence.

Gregory L. Smith received
undergraduate training in human physiology and is a medical doctor who
practices rural family medicine in Alberta, Canada. 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.

John A. Tvedtnes holds MA
degrees from the University of Utah in linguistics and Middle East studies
(Hebrew). He recently retired from Brigham Young University’s Neal A. Maxwell
Institute for Religious Scholarship, where he was a senior resident scholar.
His publications comprise ten books and about 250 articles, including several
previous articles on baptism for the dead.

Robert B. White is a
practicing barrister, with Queen’s Counsel designation, and a senior partner in
the litigation group of Davis LLP, an international law firm headquartered in
Canada. The author of four books published by Canada Law Book, he was a
sessional lecturer in law at the University of Alberta Law School