The Editors

BRANDON S. PLEWE is assistant professor of Geography at Brigham Young University. After a bachelor’s degree in Cartography and Mathematics from Brigham Young University, he earned his masters and PhD degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo. A cartographer at heart, his career has focused on historical geographic information systems (GIS) and historical cartography, with an emphasis on representing the spatial history of Utah and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife Jamie have five children.

S. KENT BROWN is professor emeritus of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University and is the former director and associate director of the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. He taught at BYU from 1971 to 2008. He is married to the former Gayle Oblad; they are the parents of five children and the grandparents of twenty-five grandchildren.

DONALD Q. CANNON is professor emeritus of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University. He received bachelor’s and masters degrees from the University of Utah and a doctorate from Clark University. He has written or edited several books, including Unto Every Nation and The Nauvoo Legion in Illinois. He and Joann McGinnis Cannon are the parents of six children.

RICHARD H. JACKSON received his PhD from Clark University in 1970 in Historical Geography and recently retired after four decades as a professor and administrator in the Geography Department at Brigham Young University. He has written extensively about Mormon settlement and community planning in the American West, and the way that people and place have interacted to create the distinctive geography that characterizes the Mormon West that stretches from Canada to Northern Mexico.

6 Responses to The Editors

  1. John Taber GISP says:

    I earned my BSc in Planning in 1996, and later got a GIS certificate from Penn State in 2001.

    I just barely found this site from the writeup in BYU Magazine. I have the feeling I’m going to spend quite a bit of time here. This is the sort of analysis I wish I had the chance to do more often (and not just for Church-related things).

    Right now my day job primarily involves maintaining cadastral GIS for the county government. I have also been an assistant stake clerk for over eleven years now, covering membership and geography. Among other things with that, I maintain stake geocodes, and produce draft maps and run geostatistics for potential boundary changes. I find that much more engaging.

  2. Paula Harline says:

    I’m finishing up edits for my upcoming Oxford UP book titled The Polygamous Wives Writing Club, and I have a question for you.

    lds.org references your atlas (Note 21) for this statement: Probably half of those living in Utah Territory in 1857 experienced life in a polygamous family as a husband, wife, or child at some time during their lives.

    Earlier this year, I studied your Plural Marriage map, and I concluded that “on average, 25 to 30% of men, women, and children lived in polygamous families.” Would you consider this correct if I’m not just speaking of 1850-60?

    Thanks! Paula Harline

    • Brandon says:

      That quote comes from an estimate in the accompanying text, not the map. The gist of it is that although only 25% were involved at any one time, perhaps twice that many were involved at some point in their lives (i.e., maybe they grew up in a polygamous household but were monogomous as adults)

  3. Paula Harline says:

    Thanks Brandon

  4. Gena mabee says:

    Looking for permission to have a few of your maps enlarged into posters that I can use in my Gospel Doctirne class. Will you please have someone reply to me?

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