New Editor of the Journal of Mormon History: Jessie Embry

By October 21, 2015

We are thrilled to share this press release from the Mormon History Association. Please join us in congratulating Jessie Embry, whom many of JI’s perma-bloggers have worked with, taken classes from, or otherwise interacted with through the Charles Redd Center, on her appointment as the new editor of the Journal of Mormon History!


Embry recently retired as the Associate Director of the Redd Center for Western History at Brigham Young University.  She is the author or editor of twenty-one books, mostly in Mormon and western history. Among them are Mormon Polygamous Families: Life in the Principle, published by the University of Utah Press, in 1987 and reissused by Greg Kofford Books in 2009.  Most recently she completed Immigrants in the Far West: Historical Identities and Experiences, coedited with Brian Q. Cannon and published by the University of Utah Press.

Embry has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to recovering grassroots non-institutional voices and experiences, including extensive experience in oral history.  She believes strongly in comparative history and placing historical events in a larger context.  She desires making connections with wide-ranging conversations that will enrich both Mormon history and broader fields of historical inquiry.

As editor of the John Whitmer Historical Association Journal for four years, as editor of several major volumes of collected essays published by University of Utah Press, Utah State University Press, and University of Arizona Press, and in her service on the editorial boards of the Western Historical Quarterly, Restoration Studies, and Mormon Historical Studies, Embry has earned a reputation for perceptive content editing, conscientiousness, and efficiency. Her long service has been recognized by a Friends of the Humanities Award from the Utah Endowment for the Humanities in 2002, and the Leonard J. Arrington Award for a Distinctive Contribution to the Cause of Mormon History from MHA in 2004.  At its latest annual meeting, the Utah State Historical Society honored Embry with a special citation for her contributions to Utah history.

Embry succeeds Martha Taysom, whose second four year term as editor is coming to an end.  While Taysom oversees the completion of several issues that are currently already in stages of production, persons wishing to submit new articles for publication should send them to Embry at

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  1. Congratulations, Jessie! I look forward to your work at JMH.

    Comment by J Stuart — October 21, 2015 @ 3:24 pm

  2. Congrats to Jesse! Here’s to a great tenure.

    Comment by Ben P — October 21, 2015 @ 4:03 pm

  3. Congratulations to Jessie and to MHA! She comes with a wealth of experience and talent and will do a fantastic job.

    Comment by Barbara — October 21, 2015 @ 6:40 pm

  4. The very best of luck to Jessie! She’s a great choice.

    Comment by Gary Bergera — October 22, 2015 @ 8:07 am

  5. What a great choice for editor!

    Do we know when the change will actually happen? It said Taysom was still working several issues. If she started in 2009, will the changeover be in 2017?

    Comment by rich jj — November 5, 2015 @ 10:22 am

  6. I have started working on the July 2016 issue. The deadline for copy is very soon since the University of Illinois Press will be copy editing and producing the journal. The January 2016 issue is just going to press and was completed by Martha and Lavina. The UIP will be in charge of the April issue and Martha is still listed as editor.
    Thank you for all your kind words. I hope that historians who read the Juvenile Instructor will consider submitting articles to the Journal of Mormon History. And we are always look for people interested in reviewing history books.

    Comment by Jessie Embry — November 6, 2015 @ 5:27 pm

  7. Congratulations to Jessie and thanks to Martha!

    Comment by Devan — November 14, 2015 @ 12:20 pm


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