Welcome to three new leaders of the Religious Studies Center team! Effective July 1, professor of ancient scripture Daniel K Judd began service as the interim dean for Religious Education and director of the Religious Studies Center. He most recently served as associate dean in Religious Education and previously served as chair of the Department of Ancient Scripture. He is the author of pathbreaking studies on Latter-day Saint mental health, including the first empirical study on the relationship between the grace of Christ and the mental health of Latter-day Saints: Daniel K Judd, W. Justin Dyer, and Justin B. Top, “Grace, Legalism, and Mental Health: Examining Direct and Mediating Relationships,” Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, June 2018.
J. B. Haws, an associate professor of Church history and doctrine, has been appointed to serve as an associate dean in Religious Education and associate director of the Religious Studies Center. He also serves as coordinator of the Office of Religious Outreach. He is the award-winning author of The Mormon Image in the American Mind: Fifty Years of Public Perception (New York: Oxford, 2013).
Church history and doctrine professor Scott C. Esplin has been named as the publications director for the Religious Studies Center. He also serves as the Religious Education Teaching Fellow. Editor of many books published by the Religious Studies Center, he is the author of Return to the City of Joseph: Modern Mormonism’s Contest for the Soul of Nauvoo (Champaign-Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2018).