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 …

Marisa Gonzalez-Mabbutt

Part-Time Secretary

Marisa Gonzalez is a senior at Brigham Young University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in international relations with an emphasis in Latin American studies. She is the youngest of four daughters and her family has continually supported her in her academic ambitions, many of which have included internships and research programs. Last summer, Marisa went to Thailand to examine the relationship between cultural values and democratic support as part of her Honors Thesis. Previously, she worked for an import/export group in Madrid, Spain, and has also interned for the State Department’s Economic Bureau in Washington, D.C. as part of the BYU Washington Seminar Program. In her spare time, Marisa loves to impress her friends with movie trivia, spend time playing volleyball with her family, and, when time allows, work on her language skills while watching Korean dramas.

Elyse Slabaugh

Part-Time Secretary

Elyse Slabaugh is a transfer student from the University of North Carolina and is now in her final
year at Brigham Young University. She served a full-time mission in the Chile Osorno Mission
and is majoring in history with a minor in Spanish. Elyse is the second oldest of four children
and has lived in several different places because her father is in the Air Force. Her favorite place
she has lived is Aviano, Italy. The time she spent in Europe has led her to have a passion for
traveling, history, and learning languages. She plans to go to law school and aspires to work
internationally. In her spare time, she enjoys running, soccer, playing the piano, and reading.

Sydney Dorton

Part-Time Secretary

Dorton is a junior at Brigham Young University majoring in French teaching and seminary and institute teaching. She learned French while serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and upon arriving back home to Saint Louis, Missouri, she continued to develop her language skills in French and Italian. Sydney loves learning language and immersing herself in culture by traveling the world.


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.