Davis Bitton is former Assistant LDS Church Historian, emeritus professor of history at the University of Utah, and a past president of the Mormon History Association. His George Q. Cannon: A Biography won numerous awards, including the Evans Biography Award and Mormon History Association Best Book Award. He coauthored The Mormon Experience and Mormons and Mormons and Their Historians. He passed away in 2007.
Davis is the author of Knowing Brother Joseph Again: Perceptions and Perspectives, and contributed a chapter to Excavating Mormon Pasts: The New Historiography of the Last Half Century.