Announcing the new Mormon Studies Review

03.25.2013 | Blair Hodges

The Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University is pleased to announce the inauguration of a new annual periodical that will address the needs of a growing community of scholars who contribute to the interdisciplinary field of Mormon studies. The Mormon Studies Review will publish reviews of important books and other publications relevant to the academic study of Mormonism, along with review essays that will chronicle the field and assess its development.

M. Gerald Bradford, executive director of the Maxwell Institute, has appointed J. Spencer Fluhman, Assistant Professor of History at Brigham Young University, as the first editor of the new Review.

“I appreciate very much Professor Fluhman’s willingness to serve as editor of the Review,” Bradford said. “Under Spencer’s capable leadership, and with the help of those individuals who have agreed to serve on the editorial advisory board, its prospects are bright indeed. I expect it will soon become a major voice in tracking and commenting on developments in the growing area of Mormon studies.”

Professor Fluhman (pictured at right) holds a PhD in history from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and is the author of “A Peculiar People”: Anti-Mormonism and the Making of Religion in Nineteenth-Century America (University of North Carolina Press, 2012).

“I’m excited by Gerald Bradford’s bold vision for the Review and thrilled to be a part of it,” Fluhman said. “It will become an engaging, one-stop shop where scholars and non-specialists alike can keep up with the vibrant, growing academic field of Mormon studies.”

Fluhman has assembled an editorial advisory board of recognized scholars to help foster an interdisciplinary focus for the Review, including:

  • Philip L. Barlow, Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture, Utah State University
  • Richard L. Bushman, Gouverneur Morris Professor of History, emeritus, Columbia University
  • Douglas J. Davies, Professor of Theology and Religion, Durham University
  • Eric A. Eliason, Professor of English, Brigham Young University
  • James E. Faulconer, Richard L. Evans Professor of Religious Understanding, Professor of Philosophy, Brigham Young University
  • Kathleen Flake, Associate Professor of American Religious History, Vanderbilt University
  • Terryl L. Givens, James A. Bostwick Chair of English and Professor of Literature and Religion, University of Richmond
  • Sarah Barringer Gordon, Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania
  • Matthew J. Grow, Director of Publications, Church History Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Grant Hardy, Professor of History and Religious Studies, University of North Carolina—Asheville
  • David F. Holland, Associate Professor of History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp, Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Patrick Q. Mason, Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies, Claremont Graduate University
  • Quincy D. Newell, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Wyoming
  • Grant Underwood, Professor of History, Brigham Young University

D. Morgan Davis, a research fellow at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute, and Benjamin E. Park, a PhD candidate in history at the University of Cambridge, will serve as associate editors for the Review.

Later this year, a new website for the Neal A. Maxwell Institute will be launched including a portal for the Review. Blair Dee Hodges, public communications specialist for the Institute, will maintain the Review‘s online content, including a continually updated calendar of Mormon studies events and advance publication of selected reviews.

It is anticipated that the first print volume of the Review will be available by next winter. Click here for subscription information, or contact the Maxwell Institute at or call 800-327-6715. We will collect your information and contact you as soon as we have a concrete schedule.