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Awards Recipients

MHA 2013 Award Winners

We congratulate those who received awards at the Layton, Utah conference for work published in 2012. Award winners are listed below.


Leonard J. Arrington Award

Martha (Marti) Bradley Evans


Special Citations

Jan Shipps
Christopher Talmage Jones



For Books

Best Book Award

Brandon Plewe, S. Kent Brown, Donald Q. Cannon, and Richard H. Jackson, eds., Mapping Mormonism: An Atlas of Latter-day Saint History, Provo, Utah: BYU Press, 2012

Best First Book Award

J. Spencer Fluhman, A Peculiar People: Anti-Mormonism and the Making of Religion in Nineteenth-Century America, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012

Best Biography Award

John G. Turner, Brigham Young, Pioneer Prophet, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2012

Best Documentary Editing / Bibliography

Joseph Smith Jr.,  Joseph Smith Papers, Histories Vol. 1, 1832-1844, and Vol. 2, Assigned Histories, 1831-1847, Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2012

Best International Book Award

Marjorie Newton, Tiki and Temple: The Mormon Mission in New Zealand, 1854-1958, Draper, Ut:  Greg Kofford Books, 2012

Best Family/Community History Award

Stephen G. Schwendiman, The Mendon Saints: Their Lives and Legacy, Volume 2, Salt Lake City: Eborn Books, 2012


For Articles

Best Article Award

Christopher C. Jones, “Mormonism in the Methodist Marketplace: James Covel and the Historical Background of Doctrine and Covenants 39-40,” BYU Studies Quarterly 51 (2012)

Awards of Excellence (2 articles)

Adam Jortner, “Solomon Spaulding’s Indians, or, What the ‘Manuscript Found’ Really Tells Us,” Journal of Mormon History 38 (Fall 2012)

Benjamin E. Park, “(Re)Interpreting Early Mormon Thought: Synthesizing Joseph Smith’s Theology and the Process of Religion Formation,” Dialogue: A Journal of  Mormon Thought 45 (Summer 2012)

Best International Article Award

Ronald E. Bartholomew, “The Role of Local Missionaries in Nineteenth-Century England,” Go Ye into All the World, Provo, Ut: BYU Religious Studies Center, 2012 

Best Article on Mormon Women's History

Lisa Olsen Tait, "The Young Woman's Journal: Gender and Generations in a Mormon Women's Magazine,"  American Periodicals 22 (2012)


For Dissertation, Thesis, and Student Papers

Best Dissertation Award

Richard D. Ouellette, The Mormon Temple Lot Case:  Space, Memory, and Identity in a Divided New Religion,”  PhD dissertation, University of Texas at Austin, 2012

Best Thesis Award

Matthew Lund, “The Vox Populi is the Vox Dei:  American Localism and the Mormon Expulsion from Jackson County, Missouri.”  Master’s thesis, Utah State University, 2012

Best Graduate Paper Award

Benjamin E. Park, "Early Mormonism and the Paradoxes of Democratic Religiosity in Jacksonian America," University of Cambridge, 2012

Best Undergraduate Paper Award

Joseph R. Stuart, "The Time Has Come: The Context and Post Script of the 1890 Woodruff Manifesto," Brigham Young University, 2012

Student Research Paper Award of Merit

Trevor Wright (BYU)