Under the direction of J. Spencer Fluhman, the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship seeks to be a hub for scholars interested in religion. We are pleased to announce the addition of the following visiting fellows and other affiliated scholars for 2017.
Neal A. Maxwell Fellows
The Institute welcomes two acclaimed senior scholars as inaugural “Neal A. Maxwell Fellows.” Along with pursuing major individual research projects, they will provide lectures, colloquia, seminars, and co-direct the Institute’s Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture (hosted at the Institute and sponsored by the Mormon Scholars Foundation).
Philip Barlow will be in residence at the Institute for the entirety of 2017. He is the Leonard Arrington Chair of Mormon History & Culture at Utah State University. His teaching engages religion and human suffering, religion and the concept of “time,” American religious history, and Mormonism. See here for more information.
Terryl L. Givens will join the Institute from June to August. He holds the Jabez A. Bostwick Chair of English and is Professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond in Virginia. His forthcoming book is Feeding the Flock: The Foundations of Mormon Practice (Oxford University Press). See here for more information.
The Institute welcomes three accomplished early-career scholars for periods of residence during 2017. Each will pursue major research projects while at the Institute.
Deidre Nicole Green, who joins us during the winter semester, is an adjunct professor of religion at BYU. She is the author of Works of Love in a World of Violence (Mohr Siebeck, 2016). Green earned a PhD in Religion from Claremont Graduate University, after receiving a Master of the Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School and a Bachelor of the Arts in Philosophy from BYU. See here for more information.
Michael Hubbard MacKay will join us during the spring and summer terms. He is a faculty member of the Department of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University. He is a former historian for the Joseph Smith Papers Project and was a visiting professor for the Department of History at BYU. He is the author or co-author of Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Vol. 1,and other books about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. See here for more information.
Catherine Taylor specializes in late antique Christian art history and iconography. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Manchester and Brigham Young University. Her work is focused on the interdisciplinary study of art, scripture, lay piety, Christian patronage, and patristic texts. She will join us during winter semester. See here for more information.
Scholar in Residence
Luke Drake joins the Institute as a graduate student “scholar in residence” during the summer 2017. He is a doctoral student of Ancient Mediterranean Religions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include Jewish/Christian relations in antiquity and the ancient transmission and interpretation of Jewish and Christian literature. For more information, see here.
Managing Editor, Mormon Studies Review
Rachel Cope has been selected to succeed Morgan Davis as the managing editor of the Mormon Studies Review. Cope is an associate professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. She has published several articles on American women’s spirituality and conversion in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth. She also co-edited Family Life in England and America, 1690–1820 (Routledge, 2015). For more information, see here.
Co-Editor, Living Faith Series
Tona Hangen joins Blair Hodges as co-editor of the Maxwell Institute’s Living Faith book series. Hangen is an associate professor at Worcester State University, where she teaches courses in modern American history. She earned her PhD from Brandeis University. She is the author of Redeeming the Dial: Radio, Religion, and Popular Culture in America and numerous essays and articles in the fields of religious history, media studies, and digital humanities. See here for more information.