Joanna Brooks

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Joanna Brooks
Born (1971-09-29) September 29, 1971 (age 45)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Author, professor, scholar
Nationality American
Alma mater Brigham Young University (B.A.)
University of California, Los Angeles (PhD)
Subject Religious studies
Transatlantic literature
African American literature

Joanna Brooks (born September 29, 1971)[1] is an American author and professor of English and comparative literature at San Diego State University.[2] She is a frequent media commentator on faith in American life, particularly in relation to her own Mormonism.[3][4][5] Politico named her one of 2011's "50 politicos to watch" for her Twitter feed @askmormongirl.[6]


Brooks writes extensively about Mormonism and Mormon feminism 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."[7] She wrote a question-and-answer blog from 2010-14[8] called "Ask Mormon Girl" with the tagline "unorthodox answers from an imperfect source". She also wrote as a senior correspondent for Religion Dispatches from 2011–14, frequently addressing Mormon issues.[9][10] 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 & Schuster and published by them in August 2012.[11] Brooks was noted as one of "13 Religious Women to Watch in 2012".[12]

Brooks sits on the Board of Directors for Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.[13] Brooks is described as a feminist and liberal Mormon, in contrast to the predominantly conservative culture of Mormonism.[14]

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.[2]


  • "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. Winner of the Association for Mormon Letters memoir award.
  • Why We Left: Untold Stories and Songs of America's First Immigrants (Author). Minnesota, 2013. ISBN 978-0-8166-8125-9
  • Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings (Co-Editor). Oxford, 2015. ISBN 978-0-19-024803-1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Joanna Brooks; Rachel Hunt Steenblik; Hannah Wheelwright, eds. (2016). Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings. Oxford University Press. p. 227. ISBN 978-0-19-024803-1. Retrieved 2015-08-19. 
  2. ^ a b Ravitz, Jessica (2012-02-05). "Crossing the plains and kicking up dirt, a new Mormon pioneer". CNN. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  3. ^ Lauren Markoe (February 1, 2012). "10 minutes with ... Joanna Brooks". Washington Post. Retrieved 2015-08-19. 
  4. ^ Susan Leem. "Joanna Brooks on the Need for Politicians to Find Their Moral Bearings". On Being. Retrieved 2015-08-19. 
  5. ^ Guy Raz (December 2, 2011). "'Ask Mormon Girl' Discusses Mitt Romney's Candidacy". All Things Considered. National Public Radio. Retrieved 2015-08-19. 
  6. ^ "50 politicos to watch: Top tweeters". 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  7. ^ Markoe, Lauren (2012-02-01). "Joanna Brooks Discusses Mormonism, American Politics". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  8. ^ Joanna Brooks (April 21, 2015). "Welcome to the world of Ask Mormon Girl". Ask Mormon Girl. Retrieved 2015-08-19. 
  9. ^ Daniel Burke (July 13, 2012). "Mormon church lashes back at magazine over portrayal of prophet and profits". Washington Post. Retrieved 2015-08-19. 
  10. ^ Joanna Brooks. "Media". Retrieved 2015-08-19. 
  11. ^ "The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  12. ^ Woodiwiss, Catherine; Farnellon, Emily (2012-03-07). "13 Religious Women to Watch in 2012". Center for American Progress. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  13. ^ "Staff and Boards". Dialogue Foundation. Retrieved 2015-08-19. 
  14. ^ Randy Dotinga (August 19, 2011). "The Liberal, Feminist, Gay-Friendly Mormon". Voice of San Diego. Retrieved 2015-08-19. 

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