The University of Illinois Press is welcoming the Journal of Mormon History as the newest addition to the journals program.
The Mormon History Association (MHA) is currently in its 50th year and the Journal of Mormon History is celebrating 41 years of publication.
UIP Acquisitions Editor Dawn Durante attended the annual meeting of the Mormon History Association held in Provo, Utah this spring. It was a a fitting return, as former editor Liz Dulany, whose influence is strongly felt among the MHA community, began building ties with MHA and the Illinois Press in the 1980′s.
In June, Dawn wrote on this very blog, “UIP was a participant in the MHA meetings for decades. After circumstances led to missing the meeting for the last few years, UIP was delighted to return to the flagship meeting for one of its publishing strengths.”
Mormon Studies continues to be a strong list for the Press. Recently published titles such as The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography by Michael Hicks, the MHA Award-winning Kirtland Temple by David J. Howlett, and the forthcoming The Mormon Church and Blacks, edited by Matthew L. Harris and Newell G. Bringhurst have been strong additions to the Press catalog.
Director Laurie Matheson says, “Illinois has been publishing in Mormon history since the mid-1980s, and we are thrilled to build on our commitment to the field by taking on publication of the Journal of Mormon History. This partnership between the Press and the MHA will secure a lasting foundation for the broader dissemination of excellent scholarship in Mormon history.”
The first Journal of Mormon History issue published in partnership with the University of Illinois Press will released in April 2016.