Kimberly Matheson is a Research Fellow at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, with current projects focusing on gender in the Book of Mormon, a materialist theology of prayer, and Moroni 7 as a theological response to modernity. Her research centers more broadly on the Book of Mormon, Christian contemplative practice, and the continental philosophy of religion. Kimberly holds a Ph.D. in theology from Loyola University Chicago, an MTS in philosophy of religion from Harvard Divinity School, and a BA in ancient near east studies from Brigham Young University. She is the author most recently of Helaman: A Brief Theological Introduction (Maxwell, 2020) and sits on the boards of the Book of Mormon Studies Association and the Latter-day Saint Theology Seminar.


  • Ph.D., Theology, Loyola University Chicago, 2022
    • Dissertation: “Soul as Paraphrase: The Formalism and Minority of Prayer”
  • M.T.S., Philosophy of Religion, Harvard Divinity School, 2017
  • B.A., Ancient Near East Studies, Brigham Young University, 2011


Journal Articles

Book Chapters and Articles

  • With Joseph M. Spencer, “‘Great Cause to Mourn’: The Complexity of The Book of Mormon’s Presentation of Gender and Race,” pages 298 – 320 in The Book of Mormon: Americanist Approaches (ed. Jared Hickman and Elizabeth Fenton, Oxford University Press, 2019)
  • “The Lord’s Prayer(s) in Jacob 7,” pages 28 – 42 in Christ and Anti-Christ: Reading Jacob 7 (ed. Adam S. Miller and Joseph M. Spencer, Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2017)

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