Ronald W. Walker is a professor of history at Brigham Young University, where he also serves as a senior research associate in the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History. He earned a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Utah.
Professor Walker has published more than six dozen historical articles. He has also authored or co-authored four books, including the prize-winning Wayward Saints: The Godbeites and Brigham Young (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998). With Doris R. Dant, he co-edited Nearly Everything Imaginable: The Everyday Life of Utah’s Mormon Pioneers (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1999). His other two books, written with James B. Allen and David J. Whittaker, have dealt with Mormon bibliography and historiography: Studies in Mormon History, 1830–1997, received a special award for distinction from the Mormon History Association, and Mormon History, which surveyed the writing of Mormon history and biography.
Professor Walker has been active in the Mormon History Association and has served as the organization’s president.
He and his wife, Nelani Midgley Walker, live in Salt Lake City and are the parents of seven children.