Editorial Fellows

BYU Studies editorial fellows are new PhDs and upper-level graduate students who want to be involved in Mormon studies. They receive no stipend, but they gain access to the network of Mormon studies scholars and gain experience in academic publishing. Fellows will review article submissions in their field and suggest books to be reviewed. They are invited to submit their own work for consideration in BYU Studies.They are invited to attend the annual meeting of the BYU Studies Academy, a group of scholars who support BYU Studies in various ways. Their names will be listed on the BYU Studies masthead.

To apply to become an editorial fellow, please send a CV and letter of interest to byu_studies@byu.edu.

Brent J. Schmidt

Brent Schmidt is an adjunct instructor of ancient history and religion at Weber State University and the BYU–Salt Lake Center. He earned a PhD in classics from the University of Colorado–Boulder. He is interested in patristics, New Testament studies, and ancient and modern utopian communities and published an article in BYU Studies50. 1. Brent is on the faculty of Religious Education at BYU Idaho.

Lynne Wilson

Lynne Wilson received her PhD in theology and American history at Marquette University and is an LDS Institute instructor in Stanford, California.

Shon Hopkin

Shon Hopkin is Assistant Professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Brigham Young University, focusing on the Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and earned a PhD in Hebrew Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, focusing on medieval Hebrew and Arabic literature. His current and upcoming publications include articles and chapters about Isaiah, Psalms, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Book of Mormon, and medieval Judaism in the Journal of Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture, BYU Studies, Religious Educator, and in edited books through such groups as the Binah Yitzrit Foundation. He is currently working with others on a harmony of Isaiah’s writings as found in the Bible, Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith Translation, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He taught for the Seminaries and Institutes program in the Church Educational System for fourteen years and enjoys speaking for the EFY program.

David J. Larsen

David Larsen is an adjunct professor for the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. He received his PhD in divinity/biblical studies from the University of St. Andrews, his MA in biblical theology from Marquette University (where his academic advisor was Andrei A. Orlov), and a BA in Near Eastern studies from BYU. His scholarly interests include temple studies, apocalyptic writings, and pseudepigrapha.

Jacob A. Rennaker

Jacob Rennaker earned his PhD at Claremont Graduate University in Hebrew Bible. He earned his master’s at University of Washington in comparative religion, and a bachelor’s at BYU in Ancient Near Eastern studies. He is on the faculty of the Department of Ancient Scripture at BYU.