Derek R. Sainsbury
Author and Educator
Derek R. Sainsbury has a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Utah and is the author of the groundbreaking book, Storming the Nation: the Unknown Contributions of Joseph Smith’s Political Missionaries. He is also the author of several upcoming journal articles and conference papers. He also earned a Masters of Pubic Administration from Brigham Young University and Bachelors of Arts in political science from the University of Utah. On 1 July of this year, he will begin teaching in the Ancient Scripture department at Brigham Young University. He has taught and administered for twenty-five years in the Seminaries and Institutes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is married to his high-school sweetheart Meredith Pettit and they are the proud parents of Briant, Nathan, and Joshua. Derek loves to spend time with family (including their three dogs) and researching and writing history, particularly nineteenth century Latter-day Saint history.