ROYAL SKOUSEN is Professor of Linguistics and English Language at Brigham Young University. In 1972 he received his Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He has published three books on linguistic theory, including Analogical Modeling of Language (1989) and Analogy and Structure (1992). He has also taught at the University of Illinois, the University of Texas, the University of California at San Diego, and the University of California at San Diego, and the University of Tampere in Finland as a Fulbright lecturer. In 2001 he was a research fellow at he Max Planck Institute in the Netherlands, working on quantum computing and analogical modeling. Since 1988 Skousen has been the editor of the Book of Mormon critical text project.
ROBERT J. ESPINOSA was educated at Washington University, St. Louis, and at the University of New Mexico, with a B.A. in Latin American Studies. He studied hand bookbinding at the Center for Book Arts, New York City, before joining the Conservation Department of the Library of Congress, where he worked as a senior rare books conservator (1978-82). He was Head of Conservation at the Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, 1982-98, and currently is the Digital Projects Librarian for the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in the Harold B. Lee Library. From 1986 to 1998, Espinosa edited The Book and Paper Group Annual for the American Institute for Conservation. He has published widely on the conservation of rare books.
RONALD E. ROMIG is Archivist for the Community of Christ (formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), headquartered in Independence, Missouri. He administers the church's official records and papers in addition to its significant historical documentary collection. He has served as the president of the John Whitmer Historical Association and has been a council member of the Mormon History Association. He is currently vice-president of the Missouri Mormon Frontier Foundation. Romig received his M.A. from the University of Akron as well as archival training through Drake University. He is the author of a number of scholarly articles on the history of the Restoration movement.
LARRY W. DRAPER is Curator of Americana and Mormonism in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University. In 1976 he received a B.A. in philosophy from California State University at Fresno. Two years later he received a Masters of Library Science from BYU, followed in 1988 by an M.A. in history, also from BYU. For 18 years Draper worked in the LDS Church Historical Department, first as a manuscript cataloger, then from 1984 to 1997 as rare book librarian. He has held his present position at BYU since 1997.
DANIEL C. PETERSON is Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Brigham Young University. He is editor-in-chief of BYU's Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, which includes the Islamic Translation Series. He earned his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is also the author of several books and numerous articles on Islamic and Latter-day Saint topics. Peterson currently serves on the board of the Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts and recently completed a lengthy term as chairman of the board of trustees for FARMS. He is well known as the editor of the FARMS Review of Books.