Grant Hardy is Professor of History and Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. After two serving two terms as the chair of the History Department, he is currently the Director of the Humanities Program. He has a B.A. in Ancient Greek from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. from Yale in Chinese Language and Literature. He is the author or editor of six books, including Worlds of Bronze and Bamboo: Sima Qian’s Conquest of History, published with Columbia University Press; The Establishment of the Han Empire and Imperial China, co-authored with Anne Kinney of the University of Virginia; Understanding the Book of Mormon, with Oxford University Press; and his most recent book is the first volume of the Oxford History of Historical Writing, co-edited with Andrew Feldherr of Princeton University. His 36-lecture DVD/CD course “Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition” was produced by the Teaching Company, and he is currently working on a second course, titled “Sacred Texts of the World.” Hardy has won several teaching awards and has participated in scholarly symposia on Sima Qian and early Chinese historiography at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Harvard University, and the University of Heidelberg. He and his wife Heather have two children. One of the things he is most proud of is that he has written or rewritten most of the articles on Imperial China for the World Book Encyclopedia, so his name is in every elementary school library in the country.