Organizing Committee

Richard Lyman Bushman, Columbia University

Bushmanchair.jpegRichard Bushman published widely in early American social and cultural history before completing his biography, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling. Among his books were From Puritan to Yankee: Character and the Social Order in Connecticut1690-1765 and The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities. He teaches courses on Mormonism in its broad social and cultural context and on the history of religion in America, focusing on the early period. He has special interests in the history of Mormon theology and in lived religion among the Mormons. He has taken an active part in explaining Mormonism to a broad public and in negotiating the tensions between Mormonism and modern culture.

Kim Berkey, Harvard Divinity School

kim-1Kim Berkey is a graduate student in Philosophy of Religion at Harvard Divinity School. Prior to graduate work, she studied as a Hinckley Scholar at Brigham Young University, and is the author of a handful of articles on the Book of Mormon, including publications through the Mormon Theology Seminar and the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies. Kim lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and their four-year-old twins.

Zachary Davis, Harvard Divinity School

Bio forthcoming.

Daniel Gullotta, Yale Divinity School

14199181_10157423224655512_2702212580890063194_nDaniel N. Gullotta is currently a graduate student at Yale Divinity School, in the Master of Arts in Religion program, with a concentration in the History of Christianity. His research focuses on the colonial to antebellum periods, with a particular interested in early Mormonism, the American Puritans, the Great Awakening, and the American revolution.

Rachael Givens Johnson, University of Virginia

Rachael Givens Johnson is a native of Richmond, VA and is currently a PhD student in history at the University of Virginia studying relationships between gender, religion, and rationality in Early Modern Europe and Latin America.

Christopher Jones, Brigham Young University

Christopher Jones teaches in the History and Church History and Doctrine departments at Brigham Young University. He completed a PhD in history at the College of William and Mary in 2016, and is currently preparing his book manscript, “Methodism, Slavery, and Freedom in the Revolutionary Atlantic World,” for publication. He holds a BA and MA, both in History, from Brigham Young University. He is the co-founder of The Juvenile Instructor: A Mormon History Blog and also contributes to The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History.

Joseph Stuart, University of Utah

Stuart Headshot.jpgJoseph Stuart is a PhD student in History at the University of Utah. His graduate research examines the confluence of race, religion, and gender in postwar American politics. He holds a BA from Brigham Young University and a MA in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia.