Editors & Advisers 2012-

Editors of the ANB
Editorial Advisory Board
Editors & Advisers to 2012

Editors of the ANB

General Editor: Susan Ware

General Editor, Susan Ware

Susan Ware is the new General Editor of American National Biography. She is an accomplished historian, editor, and the author of seven books, including biographies of Billie Jean King, Amelia Earhart, Molly Dewson, and Mary Margaret McBride. She served as the editor of several documentary collections and of the most recent volume of Notable American Women, published in 2004, which contains biographies of 483 women from over 50 fields. In September 2014 Susan will begin a ten-month appointment as a Senior Advisor to the Schlesinger Library. Educated at Wellesley College and Harvard University, Dr. Ware taught at New York University and Harvard. She has long been associated with the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and is active in a variety of professional organizations. She has extensive media experience in radio, television, and documentary film and is committed to bringing women’s history and feminist scholarship to a wide popular audience.


Research Editor: Rob Heinrich

Research Editor, Robert Heinrich

Robert Heinrich is the assistant editor of the American National Biography. He holds a PhD in American history from Brandeis University. Heinrich is a non-resident fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He serves as a consultant for the National Park Service and works as a freelance writer and editor.


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Editorial Advisory Board

Joyce Antler

Joyce Antler is the Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture at Brandeis University. Antler holds a Ph.D. in U.S. history; her major fields of interest include women's history, Jewish women's history and culture, the history of education, and history as theater. Antler is the author or editor of 10 books, including Lucy Sprague Mitchell: The Making of a Modern Woman (1987), The Journey Home: How Jewish Women Shaped Modern America (1999), and most recently You Never Call! You Never Write!: A History of the Jewish Mother (2007). She is a founder of the Brandeis Women's and Gender Studies program and the Graduate Consortium of Women Studies at M.I.T. and has served as the chair of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. She is a founding member and chair of the Academic Advisory Committee of Jewish Women's Archive. Antler is co-author of the historical drama "Year One of the Empire: A Play of American Politics, War and Protest," which was produced off-Broadway in 2008.


Thomas Bender

Thomas Bender is professor of history and University Professor of the Humanities at New York University. He is an intellectual and cultural historian interested in the ways ideas and institutions shape each other and drive historical change. His work has focused on urban culture, the history of ideas, the history of the academic disciplines and the university, and historiography. He has also been a leader in the movement to reframe United States history in transnational and global frameworks. Bender’s books include Toward an Urban Vision (1975), Community and Social Change in America (1978), New York Intellect (1987), The Unfinished City: New York and the Metropolitan Idea (2002), and A Nation Among Nations: America’s Place in World History (2006). He has served on the editorial boards of several academic journals, including the Journal of American History and The American Historical Review. He believes that historians can and should at times contribute directly to public life as historians, and over the years he has written for various magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, The Nation, Los Angeles Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Newsday, Skyline, and Democracy.


John Butler

Jon Butler is Howard R. Lamar Professor Emeritus of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies at Yale University and Adjunct Research Professor of History at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His books include Power, Authority, and the Origins of American Denominational Order (1978); The Huguenots in America: A Refugee People in New World Society (1983, winner of the Theodore Soloutos Prize of the Immigration History Society and the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Society of French Historical Studies); Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People (1990, winner of the Outler Prize of the American Society of Church History and the AHA Beveridge Award); Becoming America: The Revolution Before 1776 (2000, a History Book Club selection); and a book co-authored with Grant Wacker and Randall Balmer, Religion in American Life: A Short History (2003). His articles and essays have appeared in the Journal of American History, The American Historical Review, the William and Mary Quarterly, Church History, and other journals. He is currently writing a book about religion in Manhattan from the Gilded Age to the 1960 Kennedy election entitled God in Gotham. Butler is also the editor in chief of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, available online at americanhistory.oxfordre.com/.


Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and the director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. He is the author most recently of The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (2013, with Donald Yacovone), Life upon These Shores (2011), Black in Latin America (2011), and Faces of America (2010). He has produced a number of award-winning documentaries, including The African Americans and Black in Latin America. Gates is Editor-in-Chief of TheRoot.com and the Oxford African American Studies Center. In addition, he is the author of several works of literary criticism, including Figures in Black: Words, Signs and the “Racial” Self (1987) and The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism (1988), winner of the 1989 American Book Award. He is also the author of Colored People: A Memoir (1994). An influential cultural critic, Gates has written numerous articles and opinion pieces for The New Yorker, the New York Times, Time magazine, and The Root. Gates has received 51 honorary degrees, as well as a 1981 MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award,” the 1993 George Polk Award for Social Commentary, and the 2008 Ralph Lowell Award, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's highest award.


Laura Kalman

Laura Kalman is a professor of history at the University of California Santa Barbara. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1982. Kalman is most interested in twentieth-century American history and legal history. Her books include Right Star Rising: A New Politics, 1974-1980 (2010), Yale Law School and the Sixties: Revolt and Reverberations (2005), The Strange Career of Legal Liberalism (1996), Abe Fortas: A Biography (1990, winner of the American Historical Association Littleton-Griswold Prize), and Legal Realism at Yale, 1926-1960 (1986). Her current project, under contract with Oxford University Press, is The Long Shadow of the Warren Court: LBJ, Nixon, and the Making of the Modern Supreme Court. She has published essays in a number of historical and legal journals, including The American Historical Review, Reviews in American History, Law and Contemporary Problems, Law and Social Inquiry, and the Yale Law Journal. Kalman served an area editor of the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History. She is a past president of the American Society for Legal History.


Jane Kamensky

Jane Kamensky is Professor of History and Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. She is a historian of early America, the Atlantic world, and the age of revolutions, with particular interests in the histories of family, culture, and everyday life. Born in Manhattan, Kamensky received her BA (1985) and PhD (1993) in History from Yale University. She taught for two decades at Brandeis University, where she won two awards for excellence in teaching, and chaired the Department of History. She also served as Mary Ann Lippitt Professor of History at Brown University. Her scholarship has been supported by fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Charles Warren Center at Harvard, and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. A co-founder, with Jill Lepore, of the online journal Common-place, she has served on the editorial boards of the American Historical Review, the Journal of American History, and the Journal of the Early Republic. She has been a member of the Council of the American Antiquarian Society, the Executive Board of the Organization of American Historians, the Advisory Board of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic, and the Executive Board of the Society of American Historians. She was recently appointed as a Commissioner to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Kamensky’s major publications include The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America’s First Banking Collapse (2008), a finalist for the 2009 George Washington Book Prize; and Governing the Tongue: The Politics of Speech in Early New England (1997). With Edward G. Gray, she edited the Oxford Handbook of the American Revolution (2012). Her next book, Copley: A Life in Color, a history of painting and politics in the age of revolution centered on the life of John Singleton Copley, will be published by W. W. Norton.


Stanley N. Katz

Stanley Katz is President Emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies, the national humanities organization in the United States. Katz was trained in British and American history at Harvard (PhD, 1961), where he also attended Law School in 1969-70. His recent research focuses upon recent developments in American philanthropy, the relationship of civil society and constitutionalism to democracy, and upon the relationship of the United States to the international human rights regime. He is the Editor in Chief of the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History, and the Editor of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the United States Supreme Court. He also writes about higher education policy, and has published a blog for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Formerly Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor of the History of American Law and Liberty at Princeton University, Katz is a specialist on American legal and constitutional history, and on philanthropy and non-profit institutions. The author and editor of numerous books and articles, Katz has served as President of the Organization of American Historians and the American Society for Legal History and as Vice President of the Research Division of the American Historical Association. Katz received the annual Fellows Award from Phi Beta Kappa in 2010 and the National Humanities Medal (awarded by Pres. Obama) in 2011. He has honorary degrees from several universities.


Robin D. G. Kelley

Robin D. G. Kelley is the Gary B. Nash Professor of History at UCLA. Although trained as an American historian, Kelley's research and teaching interests range widely, covering the history of labor and radical movements in the U.S., the African Diaspora, and Africa; intellectual and cultural history (particularly music and visual culture); urban studies; and transnational movements. Kelley’s books include the prize-winning, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (2009); Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times (2012); Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression (1990); Race Rebels: Culture Politics and the Black Working Class (1994); Yo’ Mama’s DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America (1997), which was selected one of the top ten books of 1998 by the Village Voice; and Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination (2002). He also edited (with Earl Lewis), To Make Our World Anew: A History of African Americans (2000), and is currently completing a general survey of African American history co-authored with Tera Hunter and Earl Lewis. Kelley’s essays have appeared in several anthologies and journals, including The Nation, Monthly Review, The Voice Literary Supplement, New York Times (Arts and Leisure), New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Color Lines, and Code Magazine.


David Kennedy

David Kennedy is professor of history, emeritus, at Stanford University. Reflecting his interdisciplinary training in American Studies, which combined the fields of history, literature, and economics, Kennedy's scholarship is notable for its integration of economic and cultural analysis with social and political history. His Bancroft Prize-winning 1970 book, Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger, embraced the medical, legal, political, and religious dimensions of the subject and helped to pioneer the emerging field of women's history. Over Here: The First World War and American Society (1980), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, used the history of American involvement in World War I to analyze the American political system, economy, and culture in the early twentieth century. Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War (1999) recounts the history of the United States in the two great crises of the Great Depression and World War II. Freedom From Fear won the Pulitzer Prize as well as the Francis Parkman Prize, Ambassador’s Prize, and California Gold Medal for Literature. He received the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Service Award in 2007.


Vicki Ruiz

Vicki L. Ruiz is Distinguished Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Over the course of three decades, she has published over fifty essays and one dozen books, including Cannery Women, Cannery Lives (1987), From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth- Century America (1998), and the three-volume Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia (2006). She has also edited or co-edited several influential essay collections, including Unequal Sisters: An Inclusive Reader in U.S. Women’s History (1990, now it its fourth edition); The Practice of U.S. Women’s History: Narratives, Intersections, Dialogues (2007); and American Dreaming, Global Realities: Re-thinking U.S. Immigration History (2006). Past president of the Organization of American Historians, the American Studies Association, and the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, she serves on the advisory board for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. In 2012 Ruiz was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the first Latina historian so honored. She is president-elect of the American Historical Association. Her current research includes a biography of Luisa Moreno.


Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University. Her major fields of interest are early American social history, women's history, and material culture. She is the author of Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Early New England, 1650-1750 (1982) and A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 (1990) which won the Bancroft Prize and Pulitzer Prize for History in 1991 and became the basis of a PBS documentary. In The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Making of an American Myth (2001), she has incorporated museum-based research as well as more traditional archival work. She is also the author of Yards and Gates: Gender in Harvard and Radcliffe History (2004), and Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History (2007). Her current work-in-progress is "A House Full of Females": Faith and Kinship in Nineteenth-Century Mormon Diaries. In 2009 Ulrich served as president of the American Historical Association. Her work is featured on the web at www.dohistory.org.


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