Newell G. Bringhurst is an independent scholar and Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, having retired after a 35 year career in the classroom. He was born in Salt Lake City Utah and received his bachelors and masters degrees at the University of Utah before attending the University of California, Davis, where he received his PhD. He is the author/editor of nine books published since 1981, the most recent being Scattering of the Saints: Schism within Mormonism (2007) which he co-edited with John Hamer; and The Mormon Quest of the Presidency (2008), co-authored with Craig L. Foster.
Newell is a long-time member of the Mormon History Association, having initially joined back in 1972, during its formative years. He served as president of MHA in 1999-2000 and more recently as MHA Historian, a position to which he was appointed in 2002. He is also the member of a number of other professional historical organizations, most notably The John Whitmer Historical Association, with which he has been involved since the mid-1970s and of which he served as president, from 2005-2006.
Aside from his research and writing of history, Newell enjoys hiking and other activities in the great California outdoors—an interest which he shares with his wife of 39 years, Mary Ann. They are the parents of one daughter and the expectant grandparents of their first grandchild, due in early October.