Meet the Expert

The Basics

First Name
Jana
Middle Name/M.I.
Last Name
Riess
City
Cincinnati
State/Territory/Province
OH
Country
United States

Professional Information

Categories of Difference
Title
Independent Scholar
Institutional Affiliation
Religion News Service
Discipline of Degree
American religious history
Biographical Sketch

I hold a PhD in American religious history from Columbia University and am the author of several books, including “The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church” (Oxford, 2019) and “Mormonism and American Politics” (Columbia University Press, 2016).

I speak often to audiences and to the media about the intersections of religion, gender, politics, and generation. Since 2010, I have been a columnist about religion in America — first for Beliefnet, and since 2012 for Religion News Service, where I am now a senior columnist.

Mormon Studies Expertise

Methods/ Approaches
Chronological Focus
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Geographic Focus
United States and/or Canada
Research Topics
Gender/Femininity/Masculinity/Sexuality, Politics/Political Issues/Political Engagement, Popular Culture
Key Words
Mormonism Millennials LDS Church sociology of religion politics
Bibliography

The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church (Oxford, 2019)

Mormonism and American Politics (Columbia University Press, 2016, with Randall Balmer)

“Mormon Popular Culture,” in Givens and Barlow, The Oxford Handbook of Mormonism (Oxford, 2015)