General Editor: Miroslava Chávez-García
Miroslava Chávez-García is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara and holds affiliations in the Departments of Chicana/o Studies and Feminist Studies, as well as Iberian and Latin American Studies. She also currently serves as the Faculty Director of the McNair Scholars Program.
Chávez-García is the author of Negotiating Conquest: Gender and Power in California, 1770s to 1880s (2004) and States of Delinquency: Race and Science in the Making of California’s Juvenile Justice System (2012). Her most recent book, Migrant Longing: Letter Writing across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (2018), is a history of transnational migration, gender, courtship, and identity as told through more than 300 personal letters exchanged among family members and friends across the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. In 2020, Migrant Longing was named a 2019 Choice Outstanding Academic Title, and in 2019 it received the Barbara “Penny” Kanner Award from Western Association of Women’s Historians (WAWH).
Chávez-García is currently at work on a research project on the intersection of population control, environmentalism, and anti-immigration restriction from the 1960s to the early 2000s. “‘The Architects of Hate’: The Environmental Movement, Population Control, and the Mainstreaming of Immigration Restriction,” focuses on how a small yet politically and economically powerful group of people influenced mainstream environmental organizations to spread anti-immigrant sentiment and influenced lawmakers to pass increasingly draconian immigration policies and practices aimed at excluding people of color.
Along with Yvette Martinez-Vu, Chávez-García is finishing a guide for first-generation, low-income, and non-traditional students of color to apply successfully to graduate school. Is Grad School for Me? Demystifying the Application Process for First-Gen BIPOC Students will be published in 2024.
Research Editor: Rob Heinrich
Rob Heinrich is the research editor of the American National Biography. He holds a PhD in American History from Brandeis University and is the author, with Deborah Harding, of From Slave to Statesman: The Life of Educator, Editor, and Civil Rights Activist Willis M. Carter of Virginia (2016). He is also a non-resident fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
Art and Art Collectors and Dealers: Miguel de Baca
Miguel de Baca is a senior program officer at the Getty Foundation, where he makes grants to support the discipline of art history worldwide. Before Getty, he was an associate professor of modern and contemporary art history at Lake Forest College and Terra Foundation Visiting Professor of American Art at the University of Oxford. De Baca earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2009, and his scholarly work has been supported by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Dumbarton Oaks, and the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. His book, Memory Work: Anne Truitt and Sculpture, was published in 2015 and considers issues of reference and abstraction in the career of the pioneering minimalist sculptor, Anne Truitt. De Baca is a reviewer for presses at the University of California, MIT, and Yale, as well as the journals Panorama and American Art.
Architecture: Andrew Shanken
Andrew Shanken is Professor in the Department of Architecture, U.C. Berkeley. His book, 194X: Architecture, Planning, and Consumer Culture on the American Homefront (2009), examines anticipatory architecture on the American homefront. Into the Void Pacific (2015) is an architectural history of the 1939 San Francisco World’s Fair. His most recent book, The Everyday Life of Memorials (2022), explores memorials’ relationship to the pulses of daily life, their meaning within this quotidian context, and their place within the development of modern cities. He also publishes on the topic of architecture and memory, conservation planning, keywords in architecture, and the imagery of urban planning.
Civics and Philanthropy: Maribel Morey
Maribel Morey is the Executive Director of the Miami Institute for the Social Sciences, a nonprofit organization centering the work of Global Majority scholars in the social sciences as means both for improving the integrity and rigor of these fields and for building more inclusive national and international political economies. She is the author of White Philanthropy: Carnegie Corporation’s An American Dilemma and the Making of a White World Order (2021). Morey has a book chapter in The Oxford Handbook of W.E.B. Du Bois detailing Du Bois as an early and deeply engaged critical scholar of U.S. philanthropy’s international funding practices. She also has a forthcoming piece, “Power of the Purse,” in In Between and Across: Legal History Without Boundaries.
Education: Jackie Blount
Jackie Blount is Professor of Educational Studies at the Ohio State University (OSU), where she teaches courses on the history of schools, higher education, and educational leadership. She is the author of Fit to Teach: Same-Sex Desire, Gender, and School Work in the Twentieth Century (2005), Destined to Rule the Schools: Women and the Superintendency, 1873-1995 (1998), other books, and numerous articles and chapters on sexuality and gender in education history. She is currently writing a biography of Ella Flagg Young, Chicago’s superintendent during the early twentieth century. She has won the American Educational Research Association's award for Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Educational Research (2023) as well as several teaching awards including OSU's Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Engineering and Computer Science: Amy Sue Bix
Amy Sue Bix is Professor of History at Iowa State University and director of ISU’s Center for Historical Studies of Technology and Science. Her book in progress is Recruiting Engineer Jane and Astrophysicist Amy: American STEM Advocacy for Girls, 1965-2015. Bix’s 2013 book
Law and Criminology: Joanna Grisinger
Joanna Grisinger is an Associate Professor of Instruction and director of the Center for Legal Studies at Northwestern University, where she teaches a variety of undergraduate courses including Legal and Constitutional History of the United States, Constitutional Law, Gender and the Law, Law and Society, and Law & the Civil Rights Movement. Her research focuses on the modern administrative state in twentieth-century U.S. legal and political history. Her first book, The Unwieldy American State: Administrative Politics Since the New Deal (2012), offers a political history of administrative law reform. She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines airline regulation as a site for mobilization around issues of race and apartheid, disability, consumer rights, and the environment.
Military and Intelligence Operations: Jonathan Reed Winkler
Jonathan Reed Winkler is professor of history and Chair of the Department of History at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He is a historian of U.S. diplomatic, military and naval history, and international affairs in the modern era. A native of Ohio and graduate of Ohio University (1997, Phi Beta Kappa), he has studied at the universities of Edinburgh and Salamanca. He received his PhD. from Yale University (2004). He is the author of Nexus: Strategic Communications and American Security in World War I (2008), winner of the Paul Birdsall Prize of the American Historical Association among other prizes. His articles, commentaries and reviews have appeared in Diplomatic History, The Journal of Military History, the Naval War College Review, and other venues. His current research project is an analysis of how the United States government coordinated commercial and military communications networks to meet transforming strategic interests across the entire 20th century.
Music: Barry Kernfeld
A freelance musicologist and reed player, Barry Kernfeld was editor-in-chief for the two editions of The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (1988 and 2001), which became the standard reference source in the field. In the interim Yale University Press commissioned him to write What to Listen For in Jazz (1995) as a parallel to Aaron Copland's What to Listen For in Music. Kernfeld's subsequent monographs concern music bootlegging: The Story of Fake Books (2005) and Pop Song Piracy (2011). In retirement he is the archivist at Historic Beverly (Massachusetts) and an advisor on music-other-than-classical for ANB, while ironically attending nothing but classical concerts in Boston and Cambridge. Since April 2020, Kernfeld and Howard Rye have been working on the roughly 20-year update to biographies in The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, now a component of Grove Music Online.
Physicians and Healthcare Activists: Susan E. Lederer
Susan E. Lederer is the Ronald L. Numbers Professor of Medical History and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and Professor of History. A historian of American medicine and public health, she has published widely on the history of research involving humans and animals, cultural understandings of organ transplantation and blood transfusion, and the development of bioethics. Her books include Subjected to Science: Human Experimentation in America Before the Second World War (1995), Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature (2002), and Flesh and Blood: Organ Transplantation and Blood Transfusion in 20th Century America (2008). She served as President of the American Association for the History of Medicine, 2018-2019.
Psychology: Alexandra Rutherford
Alexandra Rutherford is a professor of psychology in the Historical, Theoretical, and Critical Studies of Psychology graduate program at York University in Toronto. Her work focuses on the history of feminist-scholar activism in psychology and its impact on society. She is the founder and director of the Psychology’s Feminist Voices Oral History and Digital Archive Project (http://www.feministvoices.com/), which documents, preserves, and promotes the contributions of women and feminism in psychology. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). In 2012 she won the Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP) for her co-edited volume Handbook of International Feminisms: Perspectives on Psychology, Women, Culture, and Rights. She has co-authored two textbooks on the history of psychology and is an associate editor of the APA Handbook of the Psychology of Women. In 2013, she served as president of the Society for the History of Psychology and is currently a member of the advisory board of the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology at the University of Akron.
Science and Technology: Cyrus Mody
Cyrus Mody is Professor and Chair in the History of Science, Technology, and Innovation at the University of Maastricht. His research focuses on physical and engineering scientists in the United States during the late Cold War and early post-Cold War eras. Themes running through is work include the histories of: commercialization of academic research; interdisciplinarity; nanoscale science and technology; responsible research and innovation; countercultural science and technology; and alternative energy. He is the author of Instrumental Community: Probe Microscopy and the Path to Nanotechnology (2011); The Long Arm of Moore’s Law: Microelectronics and American Science (2017); and The Squares: US Physical and Engineering Scientists in the Long 1970s (2022). For 2020-2025, Prof. Mody is the principal investigator for an NWO (Netherland Organisation for Scientific Research) Vici grant, "Managing Scarcity and Sustainability: The Oil Industry, Environmentalism, and Alternative Energy in the Age of Scarcity."
Social work: Paul H. Stuart
Paul H. Stuart is Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Work, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University, Miami, and in the School of Social Work, the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. His research has focused on the history of social work and social welfare in the United States. He earned an MSW from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in History and Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A social welfare historian, he has prepared several bibliographies on the history of social work and social welfare for the Oxford Bibliographies in Social Work and co-edited, with John M. Herrick, the Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America (2005). He is the Archives Editor of the Journal of Community Practice and has contributed several “From the Archives” articles for that journal. He is the author of books, journal articles, and book chapters on U.S. Indian policy, the settlement house movement, and the history of social work practice and education. His most recent articles are on the history of budget counseling and financial capability practice in social work and on social workers’ response to the 1916 polio epidemic, with Laurel Iverson Hitchcock.
Western History: Anne Hyde
Anne Hyde is Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma and Editor-in-Chief of the Western Historical Quarterly. Her most recent book, Born of Lakes and Plains: Mixed-Descent Peoples and the Making of the American West, was published in 2022. She has served as President of the Pacific Coast Branch of the AHA and on the elected councils of the AHA and the Western History Association. She served as Faculty Director of the AHA‘s “Tuning the History Discipline” project to help history departments assess and reform courses and curricula. Her earlier work includes Empires, Nations, and Families: A New History of the North American West, 1800-1860 (2012), which won Columbia University’s Bancroft Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.