In episode 33 of The Mormon Book Review, Kirk Caudle discusses New Perspectives in Mormon Studies: Creating and Crossing Boundaries with the book’s coeditor, Quincy D. Newell. Newell discusses the genesis of this collection of essays, definitions of “Mormon studies,” how she became involved in Mormon studies, and what non-Mormon scholars add to the conversation. Newell’s own work has focused largely on the experiences of nineteenth-century nonwhite Mormons, so she also reflects on the significance of Jane James in Mormon history.
Quincy D. Newell is an associate professor specializing in religion and the American West at the University of Wyoming. In addition to coediting New Perspectives, she authored Constructing Lives at Mission San Francisco: Native Californians and Hispanic Colonists, 1776-1821. She also serves on the advisory board of the Maxwell Institute’s Mormon Studies Review.
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