Gary Shepherd

Gary Shepherd obtained his undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Utah and his PhD from Michigan State University. He is the former department chair of sociology and anthropology and professor emeritus at Oakland University. With Gordon Shepherd, he is co-author of Mormon Passage: A Missionary Chronicle (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998), Talking with the Children of God: Prophecy and Reformation in a Radical Religious Group (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010), Binding Heaven and Earth: Patriarchal Blessings in the Prophetic Development of Early Mormonism (University Park: Penn State University Press, 2012), and A Kingdom Transformed: Early Mormonism and the Modern LDS Church (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2015).

Gary is a co-editor of Voices for Equality: Ordain Women and Resurgent Mormon Feminism, , co-author of Jan Shipps: A Social and Intellectual Portrait: How a Methodist Girl from Hueytown, Alabama, Became an Acclaimed Mormon Studies Scholarand contributed a chapter to The Expanded Canon: Perspectives on Mormonism and Sacred Texts.