The Origins of SquareTwo

SquareTwo had been on the minds of several of the editors for some time. For the senior editor, the thought of an LDS journal of serious scholarship concerning important issues confronting the world today began about a decade ago, but the domain name for SquareTwo was only obtained in 2005. It was not until the summer of 2008 that the effort needed to put together a first editorial team and also the website actually took place. For an exposition of our aims, editor John Mark Mattox has written a new manifesto for the journal, entitled "'By Study and Also by Faith': SquareTwo and Scholarship in Light of the Restoration," which was published in the Fall 2011 issue. In assembling the first editorial team, great care was taken to ensure strict gender parity, as well as parity between younger and older editors. We purposefully sought a diversity of life experiences among the editors, as well. All members of the editorial team are members in good standing in the LDS Church, in keeping with our purpose to develop a forum for the expression of a faithful LDS perspective on the important issues of the world today.

  SquareTwo's Editorial Board

  • The current editorial team includes:
    • Senior Editor: V. M. Hudson, Ph.D., political science/IR; Foreign Policy magazine's list of Top 100 Influential Global Thinkers, 2009.
    • Ralph C. Hancock: husband of Julie, father (of 5) and grandfather, Ph.D. (Political Science), teaches political philosophy, examines interrelation of theory and practice (with the help of Aristotle, Tocqueville, Heidegger, Leo Strauss, Emmanuel Levinas).
    • John Mark Mattox: Senior Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, National Defense University; Colonel in the United States Army and formerly Commandant of the Defense Nuclear Weapons School, the U.S. Department of Defense's premier institution for nuclear weapons training. Mattox holds a BA from Brigham Young University, Master of Military Arts and Sciences degree from the United States Army Command and General Staff College, a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the United States Army War College, and MA and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from Indiana University.
    • Susan R. Madsen: Professor of Management in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. She is also the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics. Susan is a leadership and change consultant and loves to teach, research, and write. Currently she is directing the Utah Women and Education Project for the state of Utah.
    • Karen Hyer: Hyer holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and a J.D. and is a long-time teacher, researcher, and consultant involved in women’s education and leadership training. Hyer has worked on projects in China, Mongolia, and Mexico, taught at leading universities around the world, and been active in charitable organizations that help women and children improve their lives. Her publications focus on leadership, corporate identity, education, and women’s issues. She has been a candidate for U.S. Congress in the Third District of Utah.
    • George B. Handley: Professor of Humanities at BYU. Researches, writes, and teaches on literatures of the Americas and the intersections of environmentalism, literature, and religion. Served as the inaugural president of Mormon Scholars in the Humanities. Father of four, married to Amy, and active in civic life in Utah.
    • Janille Shumway Stearmer: wife; mother; BA, Art History and Architecture (Brigham Young University; BS, Emergency Services Management (Utah Valley University); pursuing MPA/GIS (Jacksonville State University)
    • Rachel Zirkle: B.A., Political Science, Brigham Young University.
    • Michelle Brignone: BS, Political Science (BYU), JD (Georgetown), specializing in international women’s human rights. Brignone wrote the supporting brief challenging the assumption of male-only marital power in Swaziland, which case is making its way through the Swazi courts right now.
    • R. Decker: doctoral student in economics at the University of Maryland-College Park
    • Erik Linton: pursuing a Master's in Public Health degree at Brigham Young University
    • Stephen T. Cranney: doctoral student in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, has published in such diverse fora as the Journal of Camus Studies, Dialogue, and the Utah Bar Journal.
    • Thelma Young
    • L. Hulet, MPA