J. Spencer Fluhman is associate professor of history at Brigham Young University, where he teaches American religious history. He received masters and doctoral degrees in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has held fellowships from the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture (IUPUI) and the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History (BYU). His research takes up the question of religious identity and the intersection of religion and politics in the United States. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Journal of Religion and Society, Journal of Mormon History, BYU Studies Quarterly, and Mormon Historical Studies. He is currently editor of the Mormon Studies Review. His book, "A Peculiar People": Anti-Mormonism and the Making of Religion in Nineteenth-Century America, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2012 and won the Mormon History Association's "Best First Book" Award in 2013.