Dr. Reid L. Neilson was named the Managing Director of the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2010. He oversees all department operations, including the Church History Library, the Church History Museum, and the Granite Mountain Records Vault.
A native of Orange County, California, Neilson received a bachelor’s (international relations) and two master’s degrees (business management and American history) from Brigham Young University and a PhD in Religious Studies (American religions) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He later completed the Harvard Business School’s General Management Program.
In 2006 he became assistant professor of Church History in Religious Education at BYU, where he received the University Young Scholar Award. Dr. Neilson is the award-winning author and editor of over twenty books, including Exhibiting Mormonism, Taking the Gospel to the Japanese, and Tales from the World Tour.
He serves on the editorial boards of the Joseph Smith Papers Project and the Deseret Book Company. He and his wife, Shelly, have four children and live in Bountiful, Utah.