Staff

All staff may be reached by e-mail, or you may reach them by phone at (202) 544-2422 (their individual extensions follow their names).

  • Jim Grossman

    Executive Director
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Jim Grossman is executive director of the American Historical Association. From 1997–2010, he was vice president for research and education at the Newberry Library, while also teaching graduate courses at the University of Chicago. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and has taught at the University of Chicago and the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Land of Hope: Chicago, Black Southerners, and the Great Migration (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1989) and A Chance to Make Good: African Americans, 1900–1929 (Oxford Univ. Press, 1997).

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  • Kritika Agarwal

    Associate Editor, Publications
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    Phone: 202-450-3209, ext. 133
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    Kritika is the AHA’s new associate editor, publications. Kritika comes to the AHA from the University at Buffalo, SUNY (UB), where she recently completed her PhD in American studies. Kritika’s dissertation provides a social, legal, and cultural history of cases in which US citizens of Asian descent were legally divested of their US citizenship through administrative processes of denaturalization and expatriation. In her new role at the AHA, Kritika will be writing and editing articles for Perspectives on History as well as overseeing the AHA’s blog, AHA Today. Follow her on Twitter @kritikaldesi.

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  • Sadie Bergen

    Editorial Assistant
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422 ext. 113
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    Sadie Bergen is the AHA's editorial assistant. Sadie graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in June 2015 with a BA in history. During her final year at the U of C, she studied the involvement of Chicago women's clubs in the early birth control movement. As an undergraduate, Sadie also worked as a student assistant for the University of Chicago Press, as a book review editor for the humanities journal Critical Inquiry, and as an interviewer for the university's admissions office.

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  • Julia Brookins

    Special Projects Coordinator
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Julia Brookins joined the AHA in November 2010. She directs the nationwide AHA Tuning Project, serves on the editorial board of Perspectives on History, and is part of the team that develops initiatives to advance history in education and public life. She also helps with analysis and communication about data on the history discipline. She received her undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University and a PhD in US history from the University of Chicago, with a focus on immigration and citizenship in the Southwest.

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  • Matt Burruss

    Publication Sales/Business Office Assistant
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422, ext. 108
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    Matt received a BA in international relations and East Asian studies with a minor in Japanese from Eckerd College in 2007. Matt works in the business office, where he oversees the sales and distribution of publications and assists the business office in its daily operation.

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  • Seth Denbo

    Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422, ext. 118
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    Seth oversees the publication department of the AHA and as primary staff for the Association's Research Division. He is working to develop innovative digital projects to enhance the organization’s mission. He earned his PhD from the University of Warwick and is a cultural historian of 18th-century Britain. He has taught British history in universities in both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has also worked on digital projects at Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at UMD and the Department for Digital Humanities at King’s College London. Over the past 10 years, Seth has participated actively in the development of innovative digital tools and methods for historical scholarship. 

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  • Debbie Ann Doyle

    Coordinator, Committees & Meetings
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422, ext. 104
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    Debbie serves as primary staff for the Association’s standing committees and task forces, including the Committee on Minority Historians, the Committee on Women Historians, the Graduate and Early Career Committee, and the Advisory Committee on Disability. She also serves as the primary contact for public history matters for the Association. She works with the director of meetings on annual meeting functions and is the liaison for the Local Arrangements Committee and the Program Committee. Debbie received a BA in history from Clark University in 1990, a master’s degree from American University in 1993, and her PhD in American history from American University in August 2003.

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  • Elizabeth Elliott

    Program Assistant
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422, ext. 106
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    Elizabeth provides support for the program and executive staff at the AHA, including assistance with projects, prizes and fellowships, committees, and ongoing operational work.  In addition, Elizabeth produces content for the AHA Today blog, including the AHA Member Spotlight feature.  She received a BA in history from Gettysburg College in 2013, with special interests in poetry and Civil War Era studies.

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  • Jane Green

    Marketing and Public Relations Manager
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    Phone: 202-544-2422, ext. 111
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    Jane Fiegen Green manages the marketing, media relations, and fundraising efforts of the AHA, working closely with the membership department and annual meeting staff, and is the primary staff for the Association's Committee on Affiliated Societies. Jane received her Ph.D. in American history from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014. A born-and-raised Midwesterner, Jane began her study of history at Drake University, and prior to joining the AHA, she worked in the marketing department for National Business Institute, a leading provider of continuing legal education programs.

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  • Michelle Hewitt

    Assistant Membership Manager
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422, ext. 123
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    Michelle is the front-line contact for the Membership Department. She handles day to day processing of membership and subscription dues. In addition, she assist with special projects and annual meeting registration. Michelle received her BS in Management Studies w/ a concentration in Human Resource Management from UMUC.

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  • Matthew Keough

    Administrative Office Assistant
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422, ext. 100
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    Matthew received a BA in history, summa cum laude, from Providence College in May 2006 and a MA in history from George Mason University in May 2014.  He is currently the administrative office assistant and has been a member of the AHA staff since December 2008.  Matthew responds to general inquiries, assists with special projects, and helps the director of meetings and administration and the coordinator of committees and meetings.

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  • Stephanie Kingsley

    Associate Editor, Web Content and Social Media
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    Phone: 202.544.2422, ext. 117
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    Stephanie edits content for the AHA website and blog, AHA Today. She also maintains the AHA's social media presence and provides support for the organization's digital initiatives. Stephanie received her MA in English literature from the University of Virginia, where she specialized in American literature, textual studies, and book history. 

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  • Allison Miller

    Editor, Perspectives on History
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422, ext. 120
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    Allison Miller earned her PhD in history from Rutgers University - New Brunswick and for two years held a Mellon postdoctoral teaching fellowship at the University of Southern California. She is the author of "Am I Normal? American Vernacular Psychology and the Tomboy Body, 1900-1940," published in Representations (Spring 2013). Before entering graduate school, she worked in magazine publishing, with staff positions at Lingua Franca, Paper, and Cosmo Girl. She became editor of Perspectives on History in June 2015.

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  • Amanda Moniz

    Program Coordinator
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    Phone: 202-450-3209
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    Amanda Moniz started working at the AHA in October 2015. As program coordinator, she manages special programs, staffs the international committee, and handles coordination between the AHA and its National History Center, where she serves as assistant director. She holds an AB in history from Brown University and PhD in early American history from the University of Michigan. Her book From Empire to Humanity: The American Revolution and the Origins of Humanitarianism is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. A former pastry chef, Amanda also pursues public history projects in food history.

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  • Randy Norell

    Controller
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422, ext. 109
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    Randy works closely with the executive director and is responsible for preparing the annual budget, monthly financial statements, supply and procurement of services, supplies, and equipment. He provides administrative support for the Association and prepares financial reports for federal government and private foundations that support the Association.

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  • Betsy Orgodol

    Staff Accountant
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    Phone: 202-544-2422, ext. 110
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    Betsy handles the day-to-day financial operations of the association. She received her BS in international economics from Institute of International Economics and her MS in public administration from Strayer University in Washington, DC.

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  • Dana Schaffer

    Associate Director
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422, ext. 114
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    Dana oversees the membership department and development efforts of the AHA. She also provides support to the Executive Director for various managerial functions, serves as secretary to the AHA Council, and manages the AHA's award, grant, and fellowship programs. Prior to joining the AHA staff in February 2013, Dana served as the assistant director at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, where she planned and directed public and academic programs and initiatives. Dana holds a BA in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in public history from American University.

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  • Pamela Scott-Pinkney

    Membership Manager
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422, ext. 115
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    Pam manages the day-to-day operations of the membership department. She also oversees processing of membership and subscription dues. In addition, she assists with annual meeting registration.

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  • Emily Swafford

    Manager of Academic Affairs
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422, ext. 121
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    Emily Swafford joined the AHA in September 2014. As manager of academic affairs, she helps to direct the AHA’s many grant-funded undertakings. Her main project is to support the Career Diversity for Historians initiative. As part of staffing the Teaching Division and the Graduate and Early Career Committee, she also works on issues of graduate, undergraduate, and K-12 education. She earned a BA in history and American studies at the University of Virginia and her PhD in 20th-century US history at the University of Chicago. She is a historian of the US military, US foreign relations, and women’s and gender history.

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  • Liz Townsend

    Coordinator, Professional Data and Job Center
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422, ext. 122
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    Liz started working at the AHA in 1991, as editorial assistant for the Directory of History Departments, Historical Organizations, and Historians. She is now responsible for the employment section online and in Perspectives on History; edits the Directory; and manages the annual meeting Job Center. Liz also maintains professional data in the AHA’s membership records and in the directories of doctoral programs and dissertations, helps update the website, proofreads most AHA publications, and consults on information technology issues in the office.

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  • Sharon K. Tune

    Director, Meetings and Administration
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422, ext. 101
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    Sharon serves as head of the Administration Department and as senior staff assistant to the Association's Professional Division, the Nominating Committee, and the Committee on Committees. In addition, she administers copyright matters for the Association and the Award for Scholarly Distinction, oversees the annual election of AHA officers, and serves on the in-house editorial board for Perspectives on History. 

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