Jan Shipps is professor emeritus of religious studies and history at
Indiana University-Purdue University, and one of the foremost scholars of
Mormonism. She is the author of Mormonism: The Story of a New Religious
Tradition and a senior editor of The Journals of William McLellin,
1831-1836, the earliest extended account of the Mormon experience. Shipps
was the first non-Mormon (and first woman) elected president of the Mormon
History Association. Her articles about the Latter-day Saints have been
published in a variety of academic and popular journals, and her book
Sojourner in the Promised Land: Forty Years Among the Mormons combines her
personal experiences among the Mormons with a lifetime of study and observation.
She is now at work on a book about Mormonism Since World War II.