Thomas F. Rogers graduated from the University of Utah before going to Yale and later, Stanford, where he earned his Ph.D. in Russian Literature. After teaching at Howard University he returned to his native Utah were he taught at the University of Utah. He currently teaches at BYU. Besides numerous professional articles and books, Rogers has written several short stories and plays on both Mormon and secular themes. He and his wife Miriam have seven children. From 1993-1996 he served as the President of the St. Petersburg Mission.