History

Sponsored by BYU Studies—Many of today’s most notable scholars are featured in ’10 questions’ history interviews at FromtheDesk.org.

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Richard Bushman 

Richard Bushman is a leading scholar of early America and one of the most respected figures in Mormon history. Photo provided by Richard Bushman.

Joanne Freeman 

Joanne Freeman is a noted historian and author of the forthcoming “Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War.” Photo by Beowulf Sheehan.

John Fea 

John Fea, author of “Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump.” Photo provided by Eerdmans Publishing.

Liz Covart

Kenneth Lapatin

Getty Museum curator Kenneth Lapatin discusses groundbreaking discoveries from the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum—the sister city of Pompeii. Credit: The Getty.

Peter Marshall 

Peter Marshall is the author of “Heretics and Believers: A History of the English Reformation.” Photo provided by Peter Marshall.

Philip Jenkins

Philip Jenkins is the author of several books, including, “Crucible of Faith: The Ancient Revolution That Made Our Modern Religious World.” Photo provided by Basic Books.

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich 

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is an American historian of early America and the history of women and a professor at Harvard University. She originated the phrase “well-behaved women seldom make history.” Photo provided by Laurel Thatcher-Ulrich.

H. G. M. Williamson

H. G. M. Williamson is the co-editor of “The Oxford Illustrated History of the Holy Land.” Photo provided by Oxford University Press.

Thomas Alexander

Thomas Alexander is the author of “Brigham Young and the Expansion of the Mormon Faith.” Photo provided by University of Oklahoma Press.

Mark Smith

Mark Smith is author of ‘Salt Lake City Cemetery: Images of America’ and sexton of the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Photo provided by Mark Smith.

Joseph M. Adelman

Joseph Adelman is an assistant professor of history at Framingham State University. His new book is, “Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News,.”Photo provided by Joseph Adelman.

Scott Lothes

Scott Lothes is president and executive director of the nonprofit Center for Railroad Photography & Art and the editor of its journal, Railroad Heritage. Credit: Jordan Radke

Quincy Newell

Quincy Newell is the author of ‘Your Sister in the Gospel: The Life of Jane Manning James, a Nineteenth-Century Mormon’ (Oxford, 2019).

Ignacio Garcia

Ignacio Garcia is the first President-Elect of the Mormon History Association. Credit: Riana Wright/BYU © BYU PHOTO

Sara Georgini

Sara Georgini is the author of “Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family.” Photo provided by Sara Georgini.

What’s Her Name Podcast

The What’s Her Name podcast brings you the stories of fascinating women you should have heard of, but haven’t. Image provided by What’s Her Name podcast.

Natalie McKnight

Natalie McKnight is president of the Dickens Society. Credit: Natalie McKnight.

Susan Easton Black

Susan Eaton Black is a retired BYU professor of Church History and Doctrine. She is publishing a biography of Martin Harris. Photo provided by Susan Easton Black.

RoseAnn Benson

RoseAnn Benson is the author of Ministry of Louie B. Felt, First General Primary President (BYU Studies Quarterly, 2019). Credit: RoseAnn Benson

Harvard Heath

Harvard Heath is the editor of “Confidence Amid Change: The Presidential Diaries of David O. McKay, 1951-1970.”

Bruce A. Van Orden 

Bruce A. Van Orden is a former member of the LDS Church curriculum committees and the author of “We’ll Sing and We’ll Shout: The Life and Times of W. W. Phelps.” Photo provided by BYU Religious Studies Center.

Mike Bird

Mike Bird is Academic Dean Lecturer in Theology at Ridley College. His research emphases include Christian origins and the New Testament. Photo provided by Mike Bird.

Daniel Stone 

Daniel Stone is the author of “William Bickerton: Forgotten Latter Day Prophet.” Photo provided by Devery Anderson.

Devery Anderson 

Devery Anderson is the editor of several books, including “Salt Lake School of the Prophets: 1867-1883” (Signature Books, 2018). Photo provided by Devery Anderson.

Barbara Jones Brown 

Barbara Jones Brown is the Executive Director of the Mormon History Association. Photo provided by Barbara Jones Brown.

Benjamin E. Park

Ben Park is an Assistant Professor at Sam Houston State University. He is working on a book about the political culture of Nauvoo, Illinois in the 1840s.

Kent Powell 

Kent Powell is a former editor of Utah Historical Quarterly and editor of “Nels Anderson’s World War I Diary.” Photo provided by Kent Powell.

Gary Bergera 

Gary Bergera is the managing director of the Smith-Pettit Foundation and editor of “Confessions of A Mormon Historian: The Diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971–1997.” Photo provided by Gary Bergera.

Donald G. Godfrey 

Donald G. Godfrey is a former professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a previous president of the Broadcast Education Association. He is the author of “In Their Footsteps Mormon Pioneers of Faith.” Photo provided by Donald Godfrey.

Sharalyn Howcroft

Sharalyn D. Howcroft is an archivist and document specialist with the Joseph Smith Papers. She is an editor of “Foundational Texts of Mormonism: Examining Major Early Sources.” Photo provided by Sharalyn Howcroft

Editors of “Foundational Texts of Mormonism”

“Foundational Texts of Mormonism: Examining Major Early Sources.” Image provided by Mark Ashurst-McGee

Sara Martin

Sara Martin is the editor of the Adams Papers. Photo by Laura Wulf.

Matt Godfrey

Matt Godfrey is managing historian and general editor of the Joseph Smith Papers. Photo provided by Joseph Smith Papers.

Jonathan Stapley

Jonathan Stapley is an award-winning historian and scientist. He is the author of “The Power of Godliness: Mormon Liturgy and Cosmology.” Photo by Meryl Schenker.

Matthew J. Grow 

Matthew J. Grow is an historian with the Joseph Smith Papers and is working on a biography of Brigham Young. He is the author of several books and co-edited, “The Council of Fifty: What the Records Reveal about Mormon History.” Photo provided by Matt Grow.

R. Eric Smith

R. Eric Smith is an editor with the Joseph Smith Papers and co-edited, “The Council of Fifty: What the Records Reveal about Mormon History.” Photo provided by Eric Smith.

Gabriele Boccaccini

Gabriele Boccaccini is the Director of the Enoch Seminar.

Russell Shorto

Russell Shorto is the author of “Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom.” Photo provided by Russell Shorto.

S. Kent Brown

S. Kent Brown is an American professor of ancient scripture and the director of ancient studies at Brigham Young University. He is the author of “Between the Testaments: From Malachi to Matthew.”