Joanna Brooks is a national voice on Mormon life and politics and an award-winning scholar of religion and American culture. She covers Mormonism, faith, and politics for ReligionDispatches.org and has been named one of “50 Politicos to Watch” by Politico.com.
A twenty-year veteran of the Mormon feminist and LGBT equality movements, Brooks grew up in a conservative Mormon home among the last great orange groves of Orange County, California. She attended Brigham Young University and received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Joanna Brooks is the author of books: The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith, Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings, Why We Left: Untold Stories and Songs of America's First Immigrants, American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African-American and Native American Literatures, Face Zion Forward: First Writers of the Black Atlantic, 1785-1798, Applied Qualitative Research in Psychology, Dialogue Winter 2014 Issue: A journal of Mormon thought (Dialogue Journal Book 4704), Fire in the Pasture: 21st Century Mormon Poets, Decolonizing Mormonism: Approaching a Postcolonial Zion, Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That's When My Nightmare Began