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Awards Recipients

MHA 2014 Award Winners

We congratulate those who received awards at the San Antonio, Texas, conference for work written or published in 2013. Award winners are listed below.


Leonard J. Arrington Award

Ronald E. Romig

Special Citation

Darius A. Gray



For Books

Best Book Award

J. B. Haws, The Mormon Image in the American Mind: Fifty Years of Public Perception. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Best Biography Award

Todd M. Compton, A Frontier Life: Jacob Hamblin, Explorer and Indian Missionary. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2013.

Best Documentary Editing / Bibliography

Michael H. MacKay, Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, Grant Underwood, Robert J. Woodford, William G. Hartley, Matthew C. Godfrey, and Mark Ashurst-McGee, eds. The Joseph Smith Papers-Documents Volume 1: June 1828-June 1831, and Volume 2: July 1831-January 1833. Salt Lake City: The Church Historian's Press, 2013.

Best First Book Award

Elizabeth O. Anderson, Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins, 1875-1932. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2013.

Best International Book Award

Craig Livingston, From Above and Below: The Mormon Embrace of Revolution, 1840-1940. Draper, Utah: Greg Kofford Books, 2013.

Best Family/Community History Award

Matthew Kester, Remembering Iosepa: History, Place, and Religion in the American West. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.


For Articles

Best Article Award

Ryan G. Tobler, "'Saviors on Mount Zion': Mormon Sacramentalism, Mortality, and the Baptism for the Dead." Journal of Mormon History 39, no. 4 (Fall 2013).

Awards of Excellence (2 articles)

Matthew L. Harris, "Mormonism's Problematic Racial Past and the Evolution of the Divine-Curse Doctrine." John Whitmer Historical Association Journal 33, no 1 (Spring/Summer 2013).

Max Perry Mueller, "Playing Jane: Re-presenting Black Mormon Memory through Reenacting the Black Mormon Past." Journal of Africana Religions 1, no. 4 (2013).

Best International Article Award

Richard L. Jensen, "Mr. Samuelsen Goes to Copenhagen: The First Mormon Member of a National Parliament." Journal of Mormon History 39, no. 2 (Spring 2013).

Best Women's History Article Award 

Lisa Tait Olsen, "The 1890s Mormon Culture of Letters and the Post-Manifesto Crisis: A New Approach to Home Literature." BYU Studies 52, no. 1 (2013).


For Dissertation, Thesis, and Student Papers

Best Dissertation Award

Brent M. Rogers, "Managing Popular Sovereignty: Federalism and Empire in Utah Territory, 1847-1862." University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013.

Best Thesis Award

Blair Hodges, "Intellectual Disability in Mormon Thought and History, 1830-1900." Georgetown University, 2013.

Best Graduate Paper Award

Christopher James Blythe, "Emma's Willow: Mormon Pilgrimage and Nauvoo's Mater Dolorosa." Florida State University, 2013.

Best Undergraduate Paper Award

Bradley Kime, "Exhibiting Theology: James E. Talmage and Mormon Public Relations, 1915-1920." Utah State University.

Student Research Paper, Awards of Merit

Jillian Clare, Hannah Eckhardt, Bradley Kime, Mykle Law, Jeremy Lofthouse, Matthew Pitts, and Bridger Talbot.