Alison V. P. Coutts, director of publications for the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Brigham Young University, received a bachelor's degree in English, with a psychology minor, from BYU in 1996. She earned a master's degree in Ancient Near Eastern studies from BYU in 2001.
Coutts has been director of publications for the Institute since 2000. Prior to that she contributed to many projects, including working as the staff editor of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies. She coedited Uncovering the Original Text of the Book of Mormon: History and Findings of the Critical Text Project, and has a chapter in the FARMS book Echoes and Evidences.
Before coming to Utah, Coutts was the Administrative Vice President of Insurance and Equity in Germany and Texas and a president of the European Association of Life Underwriters. Coutts was born in London and raised on the Isle of Wight, England.