October 30, 2018

The OAH is pleased to welcome a number of new staff members in both the national and Journal offices. The national office, in Raintree House, welcomed four new staff members this summer and had a fifth transition into a new role. The Journal office welcomed three new staff members and had a fourth move into a newly created position.

In early September, the OAH welcomed Casey E. Johnson as the new Coordinator of Membership. He is originally from Leesburg, Florida, and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with dual degrees in African American Studies and Political Science. He is a former attendee of the Mellon Scholars Program at the Library Company of Philadelphia and eventually plans on returning to graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in African American studies.

After the departure of longtime DLP Coordinator Annette Windhorn in July, Sally R. Hanchett transitioned from her position in the membership department to undertake the management of Distinguished Lectureship program with her company Bay Media Communications. After five years assisting in the membership department, Sally is excited to expand her involvement with the OAH.

Abby Kaicy began as the OAH’s administrative assistant at the end of August. She is a recent graduate from Ball State University (with a BS in history and a concentration in public history). She interned at the Indiana State Police Museum and also worked for several years as an administrative assistant for a group of physicians. She hopes to return to school at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis to obtain a MA degree in public history.

Kristy Taylor began as our new Annual Meeting and Sales Assistant at the end of August. She received her BA in Geological Sciences from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has worked for IU for a number of years, most recently in the Kelley School of Business, Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

Paul J. Zwirecki joined the OAH in early October as Public History Manager. He received his Ph.D. in American History from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2014. His dissertation focused on Anti-Revivalism in the Second Great Awakening. Prior to coming to the OAH, he worked as Deputy Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation for three years. Before that he worked as a teaching assistant and instructor at the University of Buffalo.

Andrew E. Clark, who received his Ph.D. in December 2017 from Indiana University, moved from the book review editor desk where he had been working on an interim basis to become the new Production Editor in August. Dr. Clark’s dissertation title was “Diagnosed with Sex: Rethinking Social Science, Sexology, and Identity, 1880–1970.”

In August, Anne Gray Fischer, who received her Ph.D. in 2018 from Brown University and who won the 2018 Louis Pelzer Memorial Award, joined both the Journal office and the Indiana University, Bloomington, Department of History for a two-year term. Dr. Gray Fischer serves as the assistant editor responsible for book reviews for the Journal and as a visiting assistant professor in the history department. Her research and teaching unite Black feminist analysis and critical race studies to explore histories of gender, sexuality, and race; law enforcement and the state; and social and political movements in the modern United States.

Two new editorial assistants also joined the Journal staff in late summer. Indiana University graduate students Aaron Fountain and Jazma Sutton will be working alongside three continuing graduate assistants at the Journal. Mr. Fountain is in the fifth year of his program, studying 20th century U.S. education, social movements, and childhood/youth. In addition to the shared duties for editorial assistants, Mr. Sutton assists with the production of The American Historian. Ms. Sutton is in the fourth year of her doctoral program and is studying race and gender in 19th century Indiana and Ohio free black communities. She currently works with the book review editor to process the more than 600 books reviewed in the JAH each year.

Anna Ortega, an undergraduate history major at IU, is serving as senior intern in the Journal office, where she has undertaken projects on women’s history, among others. Ms. Ortega is a senior majoring in history and Folklore/Ethnomusicology. Her area of interest is Latin America.