Joseph Smith Papers Roundtable: Interpreting Joseph Smith’s Networks

On Friday, September 18, , the Project held the fourth annual Joseph Smith Papers Conference. Due to the ongoing global pandemic, the event was held online.
Presentations explore aspects of Joseph Smith’s interrelated worldviews, including race, politics, finance, and theology. Papers engage with themes found in volumes 10 and 11 of the Documents series of The Joseph Smith Papers.

Spencer W. McBride, Joseph Smith Papers

Spencer W. McBride is a historian for the Joseph Smith Papers. He earned his PhD in history at Louisiana State University and specializes in the intersections of religion and politics in United States history. He is the author of Pulpit and Nation: Clergymen and the Politics of Revolutionary America (University of Virginia Press, 2016) and the coeditor of Contingent Citizens: Shifting Perceptions of Latter-day Saints in American Political Culture (Cornell University Press, 2020). His new book on Joseph Smith’s presidential campaign will be published by Oxford University Press in spring 2021.

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Shannon Kelly Jorgensen is an editor for the Church Historian’s Press. She previously worked as an editorial assistant for the Joseph Smith Papers. She received a BA in humanities with a minor in editing from Brigham Young University, where she wrote and edited for Stowaway magazine and served as an editorial assistant for BYU Studies.

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Stephanie Steed is an editor for the Church Historian’s Press. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English language and a minor in editing. She is currently obtaining an MA in English from Arizona State University. She has worked for the Joseph Smith Papers for six years, during which time she also helped with source checking for the first two volumes of Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days.

Brett D. Dowdle, Joseph Smith Papers

Brett D. Dowdle is a historian with the Joseph Smith Papers. He holds a BA and an MA in history from Brigham Young University and a PhD in American history from Texas Christian University. He has been a volume editor for Documents, Volumes 8, 11, and 15 and has provided research assistance for several other volumes. He currently lives in Orem with his wife and daughter.

Nathan N. Waite, Joseph Smith Papers

Nathan Waite is an editor on the Joseph Smith Papers and an associate editorial manager for the Church Historian’s Press. He received a BA in English from Brigham Young University, an MA in American studies from the University of Utah, and a graduate certificate in digital human ities from the University of Victoria. He is coeditor of A Zion Canyon Reader (University of Utah Press, 2014) and Settling the Valley, Proclaiming the Gospel: The General Epistles of the Mormon First Presidency (Oxford, 2017).

Angela M. Thompson, Joseph Smith Papers

Angela Thompson is an editor for the Church Historian’s Press. She received a BS in human development and an MA in English, with an emphasis in Victorian literature, from Brigham Young University. Prior to joining the project, she worked as an editorial lead for ProQuest, where she managed the elementary editions of CultureGrams―a leading reference database of cultural information on countries of the world.

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