A New Year Brings A New Addition to JI

By January 4, 2010

If our New Year’s resolution had been to add another extraordinarily gifted blogger, then we would have already achieved our goal. Ardis S. has been providing fascinating details of a heretofore neglected topic (LDS perceptions of the Civil Rights Movement) for nearly a year now (see here archive here). Her innovative research and scholarly wit have left us no choice but to make her attachment to the blog more permanent—plus, whenever you have a chance to associate with a Cambridge-bound historian, you gotta do it. On a personal note, I’ve had the privilege of knowing Ardis not only as a budding historian but also as a wonderful friend and engaging Latter-day Saint; we were both students during the last semester of the Joseph Smith Academy in Nauvoo, Illinois (a now-defunct BYU study program).

Here is how Ardis describes herself:

I recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor of arts in History. This fall, I will attend the University of Cambridge, where I will study British perceptions of the US civil rights movement. I am currently an intern at the Church History Library. My research interests include the intersections between race, gender, and social history, and within LDS history I am particularly interested in race and the LDS Church.

Please join us in giving a hearty welcome to Ardis S.!

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  1. Welcome aboard, Ardis. Glad to hear you’re here for the long haul. From the topics you listed, I assume you work primarily in the 20th century?

    Comment by Ryan T — January 4, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

  2. Welcome, Ardis! Looking forward to more of your excellent work, and if, as Ryan asks, you are working primarily in the 20th Century, a double hurrah 🙂

    Comment by Jared T — January 4, 2010 @ 5:18 pm

  3. Make that a triple hurrah — the third being for your cool name.

    Comment by Ardis Parshall — January 4, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

  4. Another hen finally comes to roost in the rooster house! That is to say, welcome to JI, Ardis.

    Comment by Elizabeth — January 4, 2010 @ 6:08 pm

  5. This is great. I look forward to many more conversations about race and the Church.

    Comment by Sterling Fluharty — January 4, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

  6. Bravo.

    Comment by Chris Henrichsen — January 4, 2010 @ 8:39 pm

  7. Excellent! I can now conclude based on a sample size of 2 that the odds of a woman named Ardis being a brilliant historian are 100% !

    Comment by Kristine — January 4, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

  8. Looking forward to more good stuff, Ardis.

    Comment by WVS — January 4, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

  9. Two Ardises enter, one Ardises leave! This is the law of Bloggernacle Thunderdome.

    Comment by Steve Evans — January 5, 2010 @ 12:45 am

  10. Welcome, Ardis. We need more good posts on race, civil rights, and 20th century topics.

    Comment by David G. — January 5, 2010 @ 2:45 am

  11. Welcome, I’ve enjoyed your guest posts, and look forward to hearing more from you here.

    Comment by kevinf — January 5, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

  12. This announcement is a nice surprise to find as I return from my internet-less vacation. Welcome aboard, and I look forward to your future contributions.

    Comment by Christopher — January 5, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

  13. Welcome!

    Comment by Edje Jeter — January 5, 2010 @ 2:24 pm

  14. Thank you everyone! I am excited to join such an accomplished group of bloggers, and I am looking forward to discussing important historical topics in this great forum.

    Comment by Ardis S. — January 5, 2010 @ 6:44 pm


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