Mormon History Association awards recipients

By June 6, 2014

As announced at this evening?s Awards Banquet in San Antonio, Texas:


Best Undergraduate Paper
?Bradley Kime, ?Exhibiting Theology: James E. Talmage and Mormon Public Relations, 1915-20? Utah State University

Best Graduate Paper
? Christopher James Blythe, ?Emma?s Willow: Mormon Pilgrimage and Nauvoo?s Mater Dolorsa.? Florida State University

Best Thesis Award
? Blair Hodges, ?Intellectual Disability in Mormon Thought and History, 1830-1900.? Georgetown University

Best Dissertation Award
? Brent Rogers, ?Managing Popular Sovereignty: Federalism and Empire in Utah Territory, 1847-1863.? University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Best Article on Mormon Women?s History
? Lisa Olsen Tait, ?The 1890s Mormon Culture of Letters and the Post-Manifesto Crisis: A New Approach to Home Literature,? BYU Studies 52.1 (2013): 98-124.

Best International Article Award
? Richard L. Jensen, ?Mr. Samuelsen Goes to Copenhagen: The First Mormon Member of National Parliament,? Journal of Mormon History 39:2 (Spring 2013): 1-34.

Article Awards of Excellence (2)
? Matthew L. Harris, ?Mormonism?s Problematic Racial Past and the Evolution of the Divine-Curse Doctrine,? John Whitmer Historical Association Journal 33:1 (Spring/Summer 2013) 90-114.
? Max Perry Mueller, ?Playing Jane: Re-presenting Black Mormon Memory through Reenacting the Black Mormon Past,? Journal of Africana Religions 1:4 (2013): 513-561.

Best Article Award
? Ryan G. Tobler, ??Saviors on Mount Zion?: Mormon Sacramentalisism, Mortality, and the Baptism for the Dead,? Journal of Mormon History 39:4 (Fall 2013), 182-238.

Best Family and Community History Award
? Matthew Kester, Remembering Iosepa: History, Place, and Religion in the American West (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Best International Book Award
? Craig Livingston, From Above and Below: The Mormon Embrace of Revolution, 1840-1940 (Draper, UT: Greg Kofford Books, 2013).

Best First Book Award
? Elizabeth O. Anderson, Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins, 1875-1932 (Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books, 2013).

Best Documentary History /Bibliography Award
? Michael Hubbard MacKay, Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, Grant Underwood, Robert J. Woodford, William G. Hartley, Matthew Godfrey, and Mark Ashurst-McGee, eds. The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents Vol. 1, July 1828-June 1831 and Vol. 2 July 1831-January 1833 (Salt Lake City: The Church Historian?s Press, 2013).

Best Biography Award
? Todd M. Compton, A Frontier Life: Jacob Hamblin, Explorer and Indian Missionary (Salt Lake City, UT: Unversity of Utah Press, 2013).

Best Book Award
? J.B. Haws, The Mormon Image in the American Mind: Fifty Years of Public Perception (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Leonard J. Arrington Award
? Ronald E. Romig

Special Citation
? Darius A. Gray

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  1. Congrats to all the winners, especially the JI contingent! My only issue is Chris Talbot getting robbed for her phenomenal book…

    Comment by Ben P — June 7, 2014 @ 12:32 am

  2. A huge congratulations to all of the winners — well deserved, indeed!

    Comment by Christopher — June 7, 2014 @ 6:49 am

  3. I agree with Ben P. Christine Talbot’s excellent book seems much more deserving than an edited diary, even if it is one as important as Anthony Ivins’s.

    Comment by Patrick P. — June 7, 2014 @ 6:52 am

  4. Especially when the editing of the diary was limited to obvious questions that generally can be resolved with an appeal to Wikipedia, without any really helpful context or regional understanding. The award seems to have been given for the diary, not the editing.

    Comment by Anon this time — June 7, 2014 @ 8:47 am

  5. Congratulations to all those named, as well as to others who have published in the field this past year. It sure represents a lot of hard work and talent.

    I have two of those works on my short list of books to buy, the Ivins diaries and Hamblin bio, and should also add the Haws book and the Talbot book, as mentioned in the comments.

    Comment by Amy T — June 7, 2014 @ 9:51 pm

  6. Congratulations to all the winners. Todd Compton’s Hamblin bio was really great, well deserved.

    Comment by kevinf — June 8, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

  7. Allow me to brag that I predicted 5 correct winners…

    Comment by Ben P — June 8, 2014 @ 4:45 pm


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