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Faculty Fellows
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Sarah M. Coyne

Sarah M. Coyne is a Professor of Human Development in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. She received her B.S. degree in Psychology from Utah State University, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, England.
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Jeffrey Dew

Jeffrey Dew is an associate professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. Dew’s research focuses on the association between family resources and family relationships, including how recently married couples’ changes in their consumer debt levels were related to changes in their marital quality.
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Jenet Jacob Erickson

Jenet Jacob Erickson is an Associate Professor of Religious Education at BYU. Erickson’s research specializing in maternal and child wellbeing has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, Slate Magazine, and the Today Show.
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Ed Gantt

Ed Gantt is a Professor of Psychology at Brigham Young University. Gantt received his B.S. in Psychology Teaching and did post-graduate work on Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology at Brigham Young University. He then went to Duquesne University for his M.S. in General Psychology and his Ph.D. in Existential-Phenomenological Psychology.
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Terryl L. Givens

Terryl L. Givens taught literature at the University of Richmond prior to joining the Maxwell Institute at Brigham Young University as Senior Fellow. Givens completed his graduate work at Cornell University in Intellectual History and received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UNC Chapel Hill.
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Ralph C. Hancock

Ralph C. Hancock is a Professor of Political Philosophy at Brigham Young University and President of the John Adams Center for the Study of Faith, Philosophy, and Public Affairs. Hancock got his B.A. (summa cum laude) from BYU and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard.
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Spencer L. James

Spencer L. James is an Associate Professor of Family Life and an Africana Studies affiliate at Brigham Young University. Prior to coming to BYU, he earned a dual Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography at Penn State University. His research focuses on global family relationships and how those relationships influence the wellbeing of children, adolescents, and adults.
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Paul E. Kerry

Paul E. Kerry is an associate professor in the Department of History and a member of the European Studies faculty at Brigham Young University. His training spans several universities including Oxford, Harvard, and Chicago and his publications have engaged with European intellectual history, transatlantic ideas, and historiography.
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Joseph P. Price

Joseph P. Price is an Associate Professor of Economics at Brigham Young University. He is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics, a Research Fellow at the Sutherland Institute, a Senior Fellow at the Austin Institute, a Co-Editor of the Economics of Education Review, and the Director of the BYU Record Linking Lab.
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Brian Willoughby

Brian Willoughby is an associate professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. Willoughby’s research focuses on young adult dating, relationship patterns, sexuality, cohabitation, and marital beliefs.
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Hal R. Boyd

Hal R. Boyd is the Executive Editor of Deseret News National. Until April 2021, he served as Associate Professor of Family Law and Policy in Brigham Young University’s School of Family Life and Director of Family Public Scholarship.
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Donald D. Deshler

Donald D. Deshler is a Professor of Special Education and Director of the Center for Research on Learning at the University of Kansas. He is the co-developer of the Learning Strategies Model, one of the most thoroughly researched and widely used special education teaching methods and has published broadly in the field of education.
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Thomas B. Griffith

Thomas B. Griffith recently retired from the United States Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit to which he was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2005. He is currently a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, Special Counsel at the international law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth, and a Senior Policy Advisor at the National Institute for Civil Discourse.
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Truman G. Madsen

Truman G. Madsen obtained his undergraduate degree in speech and a masters degree in philosophy from the University of Utah. He also studied philosophy at USC, and earned a PhD from Harvard University in the history and philosophy of religion.
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Dan N. Robinson

Dan Robinson was a professor of psychology at Georgetown University and later in his life became a fellow of the faculty of philosophy at Oxford University.
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