Non-Mormons Doing Mormon Studies

How do scholars without a personal background in the LDS church navigate the waters of insider/ousiderness in Mormon Studies? How can outsiderness be an asset?

Max Mueller

Professor of Religious Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

“Mormons have been persecuted and ridiculed and attacked, both by everyday Americans and the American government, and so even today Mormons still remain in a lot of ways wedded to that understanding of a persecuted, isolated religious minority.”

Ann Taves

Virgil Cordano Chair of Catholic Studies, UC Santa Barbara

“Some people think that scholarship on Mormonism is kind of a closed world. I can understand that in a way but that hasn’t been my reaction.”