Administrative Staff

Deborah A. Wright

Center Coordinator and Executive Assistant

Deborah Wright has been Coordinator and Administrative Assistant at the International Center for Law and Religion Studies since 2001. She supervises the administrative staff and coordinates the activities of all Center personnel and is at the heart of organization and scheduling of the Center’s many conferences, including logistics, travel, accommodations, on campus and worldwide. Most especially, the continued success of the annual International Law and Religion Symposium wouldn’t be possible without Deborah’s competence and tireless efforts in the year-round efforts of organization, planning, communication, and coordination of events and facilities, of faculty, students, delegates, hosts, and visitors, all of which combine to bring to pass such a complex undertaking.  Deborah is the patient voice on the phone, the unflagging e-mail correspondent, for hundreds of Center friends worldwide.  More …

Morgan Smith

Part-Time Secretary
Morgan is a sophomore at Brigham Young University and is pursuing a major in International Relations. She was raised in Florida by two great parents with her identical twin and younger sister. Her family has always supported her love for learning about the world and those who live in it by providing her with opportunities to travel and see many different cultures and countries. This, along with her mission in Milan, Italy, further fueled her desire to study International Relations and make a difference in the world. Morgan enjoys spending time with her friends and family, playing the cello, exercising, and spending time outside. She plans to spend the summer of 2021 in Washington D.C. completing an internship on Capitol Hill. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in diplomacy and wants to advocate for human rights around the world.

Aubry Black

Part-Time Secretary
Aubry Black is a third-year student at BYU from Mesa, Arizona pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business. She is the oldest of four children and is the first of her family to attend college out-of-state. For a year and a half, she served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Balkan area, specifically Serbia, Bosnia, and Montenegro.  She enjoyed her life-changing experiences in the Balkans and grew to love learning about different people, cultures, languages, and religions while living there. In her free time, Aubry also enjoys drawing, painting, playing volleyball, playing the piano, reading, and hiking.

Madeline Neumann

Part-Time Secretary 

Madeline Neumann is a sophomore at Brigham Young University from Southern California and is pursuing a degree in Advertising. She is the youngest of five children and is the fourth child in the family to attend BYU. She served a mission in the Alpine German-speaking mission where she loved and served the people of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. There she gained a love for other cultures, countries, languages, and foods. Madeline aspires to work internationally after graduation. In her spare time, she also enjoys soccer, painting, singing, and dancing.

Sydney Slade

Part-Time Secretary

Sydney Slade is a sophomore at Brigham Young University. She is majoring in Special Education and is emphasizing in severe disabilities. She grew up in El Paso, Texas on the border of Mexico, and is the second of five children. She served a mission in South Florida and had the opportunity to interact with people from all over the world and developed a deep love for South American culture. Sydney also loves music, any activity outside, and spending time with family and friends.

Brady Earley

Research Assistant

Brady Earley is a senior at BYU from Riverton, Utah majoring in economics and American studies. After serving a full-time mission in Toronto, Canada speaking Mandarin, he ran for three years on the men’s cross country/track team. In addition to working at the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brady also conducts research on religion and ethnicity in the political science department. Outside of running, he also loves jazz music and filling his role as an uncle to four nieces and three nephews.