About the Contributors

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,

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
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

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

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

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
Press, 2005).