Joanna Brooks

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Joanna Brooks is an author and professor of English and comparative literature at San Diego State University.[1] She is a regular contributor to many media outlets including Religion Dispatches. Politico named her one of 2011's "50 politicos to watch" for her Twitter feed @askmormongirl.[2]


Brooks writes extensively about Mormonism and is often quoted in the media related to issues regarding The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The Huffington Post writes, "Brooks specializes in explaining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to non-Mormons, and in presenting a different way to be Mormon to those steeped in its orthodoxy."[3] She writes a question-and-answer blog called "Ask Mormon Girl" with the tagline "unorthodox answers from an imperfect source". In early 2012, she self-published a memoir called The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith, which was later picked up by Simon and Schuster and published by them in August 2012.[4] Brooks was noted as one of "13 Religious Women to Watch in 2012". [5]

Personal life[edit]

Brooks is married to David Kamper and has two daughters. She holds a degree from Brigham Young University and a PhD from UCLA. She is a member of the LDS Church.


  • "Face Zion Forward": First Writers of the Black Atlantic, 1785-1798 (Editor, with John Saillant). Northeastern, 2002. ISBN 978-1-55553-539-1
  • American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African-American and Native American Literatures (Author). Oxford, 2003. ISBN 978-0-19-533291-9. Winner of the Modern Language Association William Sanders Scarborough Award.
  • The Collected Writings of Samson Occom, Mohegan: Literature and Leadership in Eighteenth-Century America (Editor). Oxford, 2006. ISBN 978-0-19-517083-2
  • Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions (Editor, with Lisa L. Moore and Caroline Wigginton). Oxford, 2012. ISBN 978-0-19-974349-0
  • The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith (Author). Free Press, 2012. ISBN 978-1-451-69968-5
  • Why We Left: Untold Stories and Songs of America's First Immigrants (Author). Minnesota, 2013. ISBN 978-0-8166-8125-9

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ravitz, Jessica (2012-02-05). "Crossing the plains and kicking up dirt, a new Mormon pioneer". CNN. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  2. ^ "50 politicos to watch: Top tweeters". 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  3. ^ Markoe, Lauren (2012-02-01). "Joanna Brooks Discusses Mormonism, American Politics". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  4. ^ "The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith". Simon and Schuster. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  5. ^ Woodiwiss, Catherine; Farnellon, Emily (2012-03-07). "13 Religious Women to Watch in 2012". Center for American Progress. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 

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