Lavina Fielding Anderson

Lavina Fielding Anderson earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington, and currently lives in Salt Lake City, where she raised her son with husband Paul Anderson. Anderson’s career includes work as editor of the Journal of Mormon History, and Ensign magazine, co-editor of the Case Reports of the Mormon Alliance, current-issues editor of the Mormon Women’s Forum Quarterly, associate editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and production editor for the Review of Higher Education. Anderson also edited several books, namely Chesterfield: Mormon Outpost in Idaho and Sisters in Spirit: Mormon Women in Historical and Cultural Perspective.

As an author, Anderson centered her writing and research on understanding and expanding the role of women in Mormon historical tradition. Her written work includes essays in Tending the Garden: Essays on Mormon Literature, On Their Own: Widows and Widowhood in the American Southwest, 1848-1939, Religion, Feminism, and Freedom of Conscience: A Mormon/Humanist Dialogue, The Wilderness of Faith: Essays on Contemporary Mormon Thought, and Women and Authority: Re-emerging Mormon Feminism. Amongst her numerous literary responsibilities, she also served as President of the Association of Mormon letters and earned the Grace Fort Arrington Award for Distinguished Service from the Mormon History Association.

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