Brian C. Hales


Brian C. Hales is the author of six books dealing with Mormon polygamy—most recently, with his wife, Laura,  Joseph Smith's Polygamy: Toward a Better Understanding. He is one of the foremost experts on Joseph Smith's polygamy, and had published what is now the standard study on the subject, the 3 volume, Joseph Smith’s Polygamy: History and Theology (Vol. 1: History; Vol. 2: History; Vol. 3: Theology) (Greg Kofford Books, 2013). His Modern Polygamy and Mormon Fundamentalism: The Generations after the Manifesto received the “Best Book of 2007 Award” from the John Whitmer Historical Association. He has presented at numerous meetings and symposia and published articles in The Journal of Mormon History, Mormon Historical Studies, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, as well as contributing chapters to The Persistence of Polygamy series. He maintains the website, and with his wife, Laura, He served a mission to Venezuela for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and sang with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for fourteen years. He is currently President-Elect of the John Whitmer Historical Association. Brian works as an anesthesiologist and has served as the president of both the Utah Medical Association and the Medical Staff at the Davis Hospital and Medical Center in Layton, Utah. Brian has an almost insatiable appetite for both learning and movie theater popcorn. He is also an avid runner and enjoys running half-marathons with his four children and their spouses.