Public Square Magazine is founded on the proposition that civic spaces of substance are worth building and preserving. We, therefore, seek to convene, encourage, and support voices of conscience and conviction in speaking to a broad audience. We publish persuasive, honest, engaging, and research-based work that contributes to a more productive public discourse.

While we are concerned with politics we are not political. Although we care deeply about culture, we are not beholden to it.

Our background as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints informs the publication’s editorial focus and values, and it inspires us to draw a large enough circle to include voices of goodwill from numerous faith traditions and moral perspectives.

We believe in the power of dialogue to foster understanding, and we are resolved to catalyze and curate meaningful exchanges aimed toward the highest good.

Public Square Magazine is a joint project sponsored by the Elizabeth McCune Institute and the John A. Widtsoe Foundation.

The Elizabeth McCune Institute is committed to the study of faith in the public square. It is led by Lynn Chapman, who holds a Ph.D. in public policy from George Mason University. He serves as the president of NVS, LLC and has served in private, public and non-profit organizations including: as an interim editor for Deseret News; on the MWAA board in Washington, D.C.; and as vice-chair of the board of trustees of Southern Virginia University.

The John A. Widtsoe Foundation is a Latter-day Saints study program at the University of Southern California. It focuses on how the Church and its members engage in the modern world. They are endowing the John A. Widtsoe Chair of Latter-day Saint Studies, and they serve as the center for visiting scholars, graduate students, interfaith initiatives, and scholarly symposia at USC.


Editor in Chief            Jacob Z. Hess

Senior Editors             Julie H. Haupt
                                 Samuel B. Hislop
                                 Betsy VanDenBerghe

Managing Editor         Christopher D. Cunningham

Copy Chief                Gale T. Boyd

Contributing Editors   Daryl Austin
                                 Carolynn Clark
                                 Jenet Erikson
                                 Michael Erikson
                                 Daniel Frost
                                 Nathaniel Givens
                                 R.S. Ghio
                                 Lisa Bolin Hawkins
                                 Benjamin Huff
                                 Jeremiah John

Editorial Advisors       Kate Taylor Borden
                                 Joseph Cannon
                                 Christopher Eastland
                                 Tony Hernandez
                                 Alan Hurst
                                 Ty Mansfield
                                 Jessica Moody
                                 Charles Randall Paul
                                 Patrice Pederson
                                 Evy Ramos

Editor-at-Large           Hal R. Boyd