Bio

Joanna Brooks is a national voice on faith in American life and an award-winning scholar of religion and American culture.  The author of The Book of Mormon Girl:  Stories from an American Faith (Free Press), she is a senior correspondent for the on-line magazine ReligionDispatches.org and has been named one of “50 Politicos to Watch” by Politico.com and one of “13 Religious Women to Watch” by the Center for American Progress. She is the recipient of the 2012 Eve Award from the Mormon Women’s Forum.

A twenty-year veteran of the Mormon feminist movement, she was the subject of an extensive CNN.com profile: “Crossing the Plains and Kicking up Dirt: A New Mormon Pioneer” at CNN.com (February 5, 2012) and of the acclaimed American Public Media show On Being’s “Mormon Demystified” show (October 20, 2011). She has also been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, BBC World, BBC’s Americana, Interfaith Voices, KSL’s People of Faith, WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, and Radio West, as well as on The Daily Show, NBC’s Rock Center, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry Show, and PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.  Her writing has appeared in the Washington PostHuffington Post, Killing the Buddha, and Michigan Quarterly Review and she has been utilized as a source on contemporary Mormonism by the New York Times, Reuters, Salt Lake Tribune, Associated PressWashington Post, Salon, New America Media, Pittsburgh Gazette-Post, The Tennessean, Headline News Network, Fox News, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, and the Deseret News.

Brooks is also writing about Mormonism and public life for the Future of Religion in America book series (Columbia University Press) and writes a regular column at Askmormongirl.com.

Her first book American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African-American and Native American Literatures (Oxford University Press, 2003) was awarded the Modern Language Association William Sanders Scarborough Prize. She is the author or editor of five scholarly books. Brooks has also received awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the American Philosophical Society for her scholarship on religion and American culture.

She lives in San Diego with her husband and two children.

Read a Voice of San Diego profile about Brooks here.

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