The JI Welcomes Robin Jensen

By December 7, 2011

We at the Juvenile Instructor proudly welcome Robin Jensen—one of the foremost experts of Joseph Smith’s revelatory texts, rising star in the Mormon studies community, and all-around good guy—as a full-timeĀ contributor. This is how Robin introduces himself:

Robin Jensen is project archivist for The Joseph Smith Papers and helped edit the first two volumes in the Revelations and Translations series (published 2009 and 2011, respectively). In 2005 he earned an MA degree in American history from Brigham Young University, and in 2009 he earned a second MA in library and information science with an archival concentration from the University of Wisconsin?Milwaukee. He is now pursuing a PhD in history at the University of Utah. His first MA thesis explored the initial Strangite proselytizing effort and his second MA thesis explored the sacred record-keeping practices of early Mormonism. He believes that there is nothing better than the smell of old documents in the morning.

While obvious, it should bear mentioning that any posts/comments by Robin are not endorsed by the Joseph Smith Papers or the Church History Library.

I am especially lucky to count Rob as a collaborator and one of my good friends. As everyone who is familiar with his work already knows, we are all in for a treat with his blog contributions.

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  1. Congrats, JI!

    Rob, you’re dead to me.

    Comment by Steve Evans — December 7, 2011 @ 9:51 am

  2. Best. News. Ever. Welcome aboard, Robin. I’m excited to have you contribute here.

    Comment by Christopher — December 7, 2011 @ 9:53 am

  3. Stellar. Congratulations. Can’t wait to read your contributions.

    Comment by Jacob — December 7, 2011 @ 10:10 am

  4. I love that smell.

    Comment by J. Stapley — December 7, 2011 @ 10:14 am

  5. Christmas comes early to the JI! Welcome aboard, Robin.

    Comment by Jared T — December 7, 2011 @ 10:15 am

  6. This is great. Looking forward to reading your future posts, Robin.

    Comment by Aaron R. — December 7, 2011 @ 10:18 am

  7. Holy crap! JI rules the bloggernacle!

    Comment by Chris H. — December 7, 2011 @ 10:37 am

  8. Man, I wish I could find a perfume of “Old Documents.”

    Looking forward to read this hot historian’s JI contributions.

    Comment by EmJen — December 7, 2011 @ 11:01 am

  9. Top news story of the Bloggernacle’s year!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — December 7, 2011 @ 11:07 am

  10. Hot stock tip: buy JI.

    Comment by Dave — December 7, 2011 @ 11:09 am

  11. There’s a joke around the JSPP (and it’s actually not a joke) that while other historians on the project get assigned specific volumes, Robin gets assigned all of them. I point this out to say (a) I wonder how in the world he manages to fit so much in (seriously, does he do things the rest of us mere mortals do, like sleep and put up Christmas lights?), and (b) whatever he does churn out will be fantastic.

    Comment by Nate — December 7, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

  12. “I love that smell.”

    Old documents, or smoke coming out of Steve Evans’ ears? (grin)

    Comment by David G. — December 7, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

  13. Well, I am envious of all that study, and what a great assignment. More info to learn about Joseph.

    Comment by Deila — December 7, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

  14. This is great. In a way.

    Comment by WVS — December 7, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

  15. Rob is great and so is JI. Well done.

    Comment by smb — December 7, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

  16. Well, I’m excited.

    Comment by David T — December 7, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

  17. Score!

    Comment by TT — December 7, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

  18. Woo hoo! Congrats all around!

    Comment by Kevin Barney — December 7, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

  19. Wow, most excellent!

    Comment by BHodges — December 14, 2011 @ 8:29 pm


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