Awards

Each year at the annual meeting, JWHA presents awards for best books and best articles in several possible categories related to Latter Day Saint history, with a preference for those related to Community of Christ history or other related denominations in the movement. Several awards are underwritten by generous donors. Please send your nominations for awards to awards@jwha.info.

JWHA is committed to encouraging scholarship in various fields through our awards. We are currently seeking sponsors for a Community of Christ Studies award, and a Best Monograph award. If you would like to help sponsor an award, please send a message to awards@jwha.info.


2017 JWHA Award Recipients

  • Smith-Pettit Best Book Award: Mark A. Scherer for Journey of a People III: The Era of Worldwide Community 1946-2015.
  • Greg Kofford Best Historical Article Award: William Shepard and H. Michael Marquardt for Mormons and Missourians 1839-1844.
  • Greg Kofford Best Theological Article Award: Melvin C. Johnson for John Hawley: Mormon Ulysses His LDS Mission to Iowa and Eventual RLDS Conversion.
  • Brim Best Biography Book Award: Gregory A. Prince for Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History.
  • Whittemore Best Documentary History Book Award: Matthew Grow, Ronald K. Esplin, Mark Ashhurst-McGee, and Jeffrey Mahas for Administrative Records Council of Fifty Minutes March 1844-January 1846.
  • JWHA Best Anthology Book Award: Patrick Q. Mason for Mormon Studies in the Twenty-First Century.

2016 JWHA Award Recipients

  • Smith-Pettit Best Book Award: W. Paul Reeve for Religion of a Different Color.
  • Best Biography: Kyle Walker for William B. Smith In the Shadow of a Prophet.
  • Best Anthology Book Award: Terryl L. Givens and Philip L. Barlow for The Oxford Handbook of Mormonism.
  • Whittemore Best Documentary History Book Award: Dan Vogel for History of Joseph Smith and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
  • Greg Kofford Books Best Historical Article Award: Mark Staker for Joseph and Emma Smith’s Susquehanna Home: Expanding Mormonism’s First Headquarters.
  • Greg Kofford Books Best Historical Article Award:Joseph Johnstun Weapons for Related to the Murder of Joseph and Hyrum Smith
  • Greg Kofford Best Theological Article Award: Cory Crawford The Struggle for Female Authority in Biblical and Mormon Theology.
  • Community of Christ Studies Article Award: Junia Braby for An Abode in the Wilderness: Charles B. Thompson’s Communal Society in Western Iowa. “I was thrilled to receive the Community of Christ Studies Article Award for my writing about Charles B. Thompson. Your acknowledgment has encouraged me to pursue further research and writing.” Junia Braby

2015 JWHA Award Recipients

  • Greg Kofford Books Best Theological Article Award: Clare D. Vlahos for Religious Experience and Bureaucracy in the Early Reorganization.
  • Greg Kofford Books Best Historical Article: John S. Dinger for A Mean Conspirator or The Noblest of Men: William Markss Expulsion from Nauvoo.
  • JWHA Best Anthology Award: Miranda Wilcox and John D. Young for Standing Apart Mormon Historical Consciousness and the Concept of Apostacy, Oxford University Press.
  • Cover to Cover Books & Mormonabilia Best Documentary History Award: Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, Brent M. Rogers, Grant Underwood, Robert J. Woodford, and William G. Hartley for The Joseph Smith Papers Documents Volume 3 February 1833-March 1834, Intellectual Reserve Inc.
  • Cover to Cover Books & Mormonabilia Best Biography Award: Ronald E. Romig for Eighth Witness The Biography of John Whitmer, John Whitmer Books.
  • Smith-Pettit Best Book Award: David J. Howlett for Kirtland Temple The Biography of a Shared Mormon Sacred Space, University of Illinois Press.
2014 JWHA Award Recipients
  • Greg Kofford Books Best Theological Article Award: William Russell for “William T. Blue: A Lonely Spokesman for Black Saints.
  • Greg Kofford Books Best Historical Article: Christine Elyse Blythe for “William Smiths Patriarchal Blessings and Contested Authority in the Post-Martyrdom Church.
  • JWHA Best Anthology Award: Danny L. Jorgensen and Joni Wilson for Herstories: Ten Autobiographical Narratives of RLDS Women published by John Whitmer Books.
  • Cover to Cover Books & Mormonabilia Best Documentary History Award: H. Michael Marquardt for Joseph Smiths 1828-1843 Revelations published by Xulon Press.
  • Cover to Cover Books & Mormonabilia Best Biography Award: Todd M. Compton for A Frontier Life: Jacob Hamblin, Explorer and Indian Missionary published by University of Utah Press.
  • Smith-Pettit Best Book Award: Mark A Scherer for The Journey of a People, Volumes One and Two, published by Community of Christ Seminary Press.
2013 JWHA Award Recipients
  • Kofford Best Theological Article: Dale Luffman -“Absence of Womens Voices: A Critique of the Book of Mormon, Restoration Studies 13 (2012)
  • Kofford Best Historical Article: Erin B. Metcalfe – “Charles AnthonThe Man Behind the Letters, (John Whitmer Historical Association Journal 32, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2012): 16682
  • Smith-Pettit Best Book: Samuel Morris Brown -In Heaven as It Is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • JWHA Best Anthology Book: Richard E. Turley Jr. and Brittany A. Chapman, eds. – Women of Faith in the Latter Days: Volume 2, 18211845 (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2012)
  • Cover to Cover Books & Mormonabilia Best Biography: John G. Turner – Brigham Young, Pioneer Prophet (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012)
  • Cover to Cover Books & Mormonabilia Best Documentary History: Karen Lynn Davidson, David J. Whittaker, Mark R. Ashurst-McGee, and Richard L. Jensen, eds.,The Joseph Smith Papers: Histories Vol. 1, 18321844 (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2012); Karen Lynn Davidson, David J. Whittaker, and Richard L. Jensen, eds., The Joseph Smith Papers: Histories Vol. 2: Assigned Histories, 18311847 (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2012).
2012 JWHA Award Recipients
  • Mormonabilia Best Biography: Terryl Givens & Matt Grow – Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism
  • Smith-Pettit Best Book: John Dinger – The Nauvoo City and High Council Minutes
  • Kofford Best Theological Article: Matt Bowman – “Matthew Philip Gill and Joseph Smith: The Dynamics of Mormon Schism, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 14, no. 3 (2011): 4263.
  • Kofford Best Historical Article: Clare Vlahos – “Ecstasy and Orthodoxy: Zenas H. Gurley Sr. and the Formation of the Early Reorganization, John Whitmer Historical Association Journal 31, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2011): 4269.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: William D. “Bill Russell
2011 JWHA Award Recipients
  • Smith-Pettit Best Book Award: Will Bagley and David L. Bigler – The Mormon Rebellion: Americas First Civil War, 1857-1858
  • Best Article Award: Chrystal Vanel – “History of the RLDS Church/Community of Christ in France (John Whitmer Historical Association Journal, Volume 30)
2010 JWHA Award Recipients
  • Smith-Pettit Best Book Award: Mark L. Staker – Hearken, O Ye People: The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith’s Ohio Revelations
  • Best Article Award: Christopher James Blythe – “‘The Church in the Days of Alpheus Cutler’: New Insights into Nineteenth-century Cutlerite Ecclesiology”
2009 JWHA Award Recipients
  • Smith-Pettit Best Book Award: George D. Smith – Mormon Polygamy: “…but we called it celestial marriage”
  • Best Article Award: Bryan R. Monte – “Harvest Hills at Thirty-five: Graying Not Growing”
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: W.B. “Pat” Spillman
2008 JWHA Award Recipients
  • Smith-Pettit Best Book Award:Newell G. Bringhurst and Craig L. Foster – The Mormon Quest for the Presidency
  • Best Article Award: Erin B. Jennings – “Whitmer Family Beliefs and Their Church of Christ”
  • Best Article Award: Robin Scott Jensen – “Mormons Seeking Mormonism: Strangite Success and the Conceptualization of Mormon Ideology, 1844-50”
2007 JWHA Award Recipients
  • Smith-Pettit Best Book Award: Brian C. Hales – Modern Polygamy and Mormon Fundamentalism: The Generations after the Manifesto
  • Best Article Award: David J. Howlett – “‘The Making of a Steward’: Zion, Ecclesiastical Power, and RLDS Bodies, 1923-31”
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Jan Shipps
2006 JWHA Award Recipients
  • Smith-Pettit Best Book Award: Melvin C. Johnson – Polygamy on the Pedernales: Lyman Wight’s Mormon Villages in Antebellum Texas, 1845 to 1858
  • Best Article Award: Richard Clothier – “Different Drummers: The Diverse Hymnody of the Reorganization”
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Paul M. Edwards
2005 JWHA Award Recipients
  • Smith-Pettit Best Book Award: Robert S. Wicks and Fred R. Foister – Junius and Joseph: Presidential Politics and the Assassination of the First Mormon Prophet
  • Best Article Award: Kim L. Loving – “Ownership of the Kirtland Temple: Legends, Lies, and Misunderstandings”
  • Special Book Award: Newell G. Bringhurst and Lavina Fielding Anderson (eds.) – Excavating Mormon Pasts: The New Historiography of the Last Half Century
  • Special Book Award: Devery S. Anderson and Gary James Bergera (eds.) – Joseph Smith’s Quorum of the Anointed, 1842-1845: A Documentary History and The Nauvoo Endowment Companies, 1845-1846: A Documentary History
2004 JWHA Award Recipients
  • Smith-Pettit Best Book Award: Dan Vogel – Joseph Smith: The Making of a Prophet
  • Best Article Award: Robert Flanders – “Nauvoo On My Mind”
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Alma Blair
  • Best Student Paper Award: David J. Howlett – “Memory, Prophets, and Polygamy: The RLDS Church and American Religious Transformations in the Late Twentieth Century”
2003 JWHA Award Recipients
  • Smith-Pettit Best Book Award: Will Bagley – Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows
  • Best Article Award: D. Michael Quinn – “National Culture, Personality, and Theocracy in the Early Mormon Culture or Violence”
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Richard P. Howard
  • Special Award: Dan Vogel – Early Mormon Documents
2002 JWHA Award Recipients
  • Smith-Pettit Best Book Award: Glen Leonard – Nauvoo: A Place of Peace, A Place of Promise
  • Best Article Award: Eric Rogers – “Mark Hill Forscutt: Mormon Missionary, Morrisite Apostle, RLDS Minister”
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Leonard J. Arrington
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