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As 2018 approaches, we are pleased to announce the reappointment of two of the Maxwell Institute’s current visiting scholars.

Deidre Green

First, Deidre Green joins the Maxwell Institute for the 2017–18 academic year as a postdoctoral research fellow. New postdoctoral fellowships aim to allow promising early career scholars to better establish themselves in their academic fields, advance their research programs, provide unique mentoring opportunities for BYU undergraduate students, and develop a program of research and publications.

Dr. Green earned a PhD in Religion from Claremont Graduate University, after receiving a Master of the Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School and a Bachelor of the Arts in Philosophy from BYU. She is the author of Works of Love in a World of Violence (Mohr Siebeck, 2016), and “A Self That Is Not One: Kierkegaard, Niebuhr, and Saiving on the Sin of Selflessness,” The Journal of Religion 97 no. 2 (2017): 151-180.

Prior to this appointment Dr. Green was a summer fellow at St. Olaf College’s Kierkegaard Library, an adjunct professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University, a visiting scholar at the Maxwell Institute, and a recipient of an American-Scandinavian Foundation fellowship to research at the University of Copenhagen’s Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre.

“I’m elated to be a part of the Maxwell Institute’s scholarly community,” Green said upon receiving her appointment. “I continue to find the Institute to be a place of rigorous and challenging conversations that prove rewarding not only for my research and writing but also for my life and practice. Mentoring my student research assistants, either individually or in small groups, has been an especially rich experience. Additionally, there is a special camaraderie and spiritedness that pervades the institute, which makes it a welcoming place for those who work here, as well as for those in other departments and outside the university—I couldn’t be more grateful to be here.”

Brian Hauglid

Second, we congratulate Brian Hauglid on his two-year appointment as a Maxwell Institute visiting fellow. Visiting fellowships provide an opportunity for BYU faculty to engage in a sustained period of research and writing, thereby advancing their research program, providing opportunities to engage with a broader Latter-day Saint audient, and creating unique opportunities for inspiring learning with BYU undergraduate research assistants.

Dr. Hauglid will serve as associate professor of ancient scripture, and served most recently as the director of the Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies. He holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Utah. His first major publication, Traditions of the Early Life of Abraham (with John Gee and John Tvedtnes), provides the most important and substantial collection of ancient traditions about Abraham’s early life from Jewish, Christian, and Islamic sources. This major focus on the Book of Abraham continued with his 2010 publication, A Textual History of the Book of Abraham: Manuscripts and Editions.

Hauglid said he is grateful and excited for the opportunity to continue his work with the growing community of scholars at BYU’s Maxwell Institute. “I’ve been so impressed with the quality and depth of faithful and intellectual engagement when exploring a broad array of topics during our weekly gatherings,” Hauglid added. “I know this will add an immensely important richness and rigor to my future research and writing.”

During his tenure as a visiting fellow, Dr. Hauglid plans to complete two significant projects on the Pearl of Great Price, including a volume in the Joseph Smith Papers project—The Book of Abraham and Related Manuscripts—which he is co-editing with Robin Scott Jensen, and a reception history of the Pearl of Great Price, co-authored with Terryl Givens, to be published by Oxford University Press.

Institute executive director Spencer Fluhman said the presence of these scholars enhances the Maxwell Institute’s research community. “We’re thrilled to have these great scholars with us,” Fluhman said. “Both are model ‘disciple-scholars’ who are contributing to academic fields and enriching Latter-day Saints audiences, too.”



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