2012 MHA Award Winners

By June 30, 2012

Highest MHA award

Leonard J. Arrington Award

William G. Hartley—citation attached

For Books

MHA Best Book Award 

Givens, Terryl L. and Matthew J. Grow. Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

 Smith-Pettit Best First Book Award 

Brown, Samuel Morris. In Heaven as it is On Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death. New York: Oxford University Press.

Ella Larsen Turner-Ella Ruth Turner Bergera Award for Best Biography

Hale, Veda Tebbs. Swell Suffering: A Biography of Maurine Whipple. Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2011.

Steven F. Christensen Award for Best Documentary History/Bibliography 

Dinger, John S., ed. The Nauvoo City and High Council Minutes. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2011.

Geraldine McBride Woodward International Book Award 

Hugh J. Cannon (deceased) and editor Reid L. Neilson, To the Peripheries of Mormondom: The Apostolic Around-the-World Journey of David O. McKay, 1920-1921, published by the University of Utah Press.

Winchester Family and Community History Award  

William Hartley, Another Kind of Gold: The Life of Albert King Thurber, A Utah Pioneer, Explorer, and Community Builder, Idaho: C. L. Dalton Enterprises, 2011.

For Articles

T. Edgar Lyon Best Article Award 

Jonathan A. Stapley, “Adoptive Sealing Ritual in Mormonism,” Journal of Mormon History 37 (Summer 2011): 53-117.

J. Talmage Jones Awards of Excellence (two articles) 

• Amy Hoyt and Sara M. Patterson, “Mormon Masculinity: Changing Gender Expectations in the Era of Transition from Polygamy to Monogamy, 1890-1920,” Gender & History 23 (April 2011): 72-91

• Patrick Q. Mason, “God and the People: Theodemocracy in Nineteenth-Century Mormonism,” Journal of Church and State 53 (Summer 2011): 349-375

Silver Award for Best Article on Mormon Women’s History 

Jonathan A. Stapley and Kristine Wright, “Female Ritual Healing in Mormonism,” Journal of Mormon History 37 (Winter 2011): 1-85.

For Dissertation, Thesis, and Student Papers

Gerald E. Jones Best Dissertation Award 

Kenneth Robert Mulliken, “Historical Amnesia: Corporate Identity and Collective Memory in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1915 – 2001,” PhD dissertation, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2011.

Lester E. Bush Best Thesis Award 

Christopher James Blythe, “Recreating Religion: The Response to Joseph Smith’s Innovations in the Second Prophetic Generation of Mormonism,” Master’s thesis, Utah State University, 2011.

Juanita Brooks Award for Best Graduate Paper

Max Perry Mueller, “Beyond the Priesthood: Gender and Race in the History of African American Mormons,” Harvard University.

Juanita Brooks Award for the Best Undergraduate Paper 

Justin Bray, “The Lord’s Supper and Community in Early Mormon Utah,” Brigham Young University.

Special Citations

Elder Marlin K. Jensen.


Article filed under Announcements and Events Conference/Presentation Reports State of the Discipline


  1. For the 2nd year in a row, a women’s history topic won both the T. Edgar Lyon Award for best article and the Silver Award. (Last year, David Hall’s article on Amy Brown Lyman took both prizes.) Congratulations to both Jonathan and Kristine!

    Comment by Andrea R-M — June 30, 2012 @ 1:17 am

  2. Congrats to the winners!

    Comment by Ben P — June 30, 2012 @ 7:17 am

  3. Congrats to all!

    Comment by David G. — June 30, 2012 @ 7:29 am

  4. Awesome, congrats all!

    Comment by Jared T — June 30, 2012 @ 11:56 am

  5. Congrats to the winners! Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Noel Carmack — June 30, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

  6. Congratulations!

    Comment by Edje Jeter — July 1, 2012 @ 12:28 am

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