Staff

Researcher and Career Diversity Fellow
Melanie Peinado

Melanie Peinado is a Career Diversity Fellow and researcher for the AHA. She contributes to research projects that are part of the NEH CARES grant-funded initiative, "Confronting a Pandemic: Historians and COVID-19," while also providing support for the Career Diversity for Historians initiative. Melanie earned her BA in history and Latin American studies at California State University, Long Beach. She is currently a PhD candidate in Latin American History at the University of California, Davis where she works on the history of science and medicine and gender and sexuality in 20th-century Chile.

Research Coordinator
Sarah Weicksel

Sarah Weicksel oversees the AHA's Remote Teaching Wiki and bibliography of historians' responses to COVID-19 as part of the NEH CARES grant-funded project, "Confronting a Pandemic: Historians and COVID-19." In addition to her work at the AHA, she is a project historian at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. She earned a PhD in History from the University of Chicago, an MA in American Material Culture from the Winterthur Program at the University of Delaware, and a BA in History from Yale University.  She is the author of several articles on material culture and the American Civil War era. A historian and museum professional, her work focuses on United States history, material culture, race, gender, and the politics of everyday life.

Managing Editor
Laura Ansley

Laura Ansley joined the AHA as managing editor in September 2019. She worked previously at the American Society of Civil Engineers as a journals production editor and was an editorial apprentice at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. In her free time, she volunteers as managing editor of Nursing Clio, a website focusing on histories of gender and medicine. She holds an MA in history from the College of William & Mary and a BA in history and American studies from Case Western Reserve University. 

Web and Social Media Coordinator
Alexandra F. Levy

Alexandra F. Levy joined the AHA as the web and social media coordinator in April 2020. She previously served as vice president at the Atomic Heritage Foundation, where she managed its oral history project and other digital projects, and as a communications consultant. She holds an MA in history from the University of Virginia and a BA in history, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. Her specialties include World War II history and nuclear history.

Director of Academic and Professional Affairs
Emily Swafford

Emily Swafford joined the AHA in September 2014. She directs several grant-funded projects, including the AHA's Career Diversity for Historians and History Gateways initiatives. As part of staffing the AHA Teaching and Professional Divisions, she works on issues of graduate, undergraduate, and K-12 education as well as professional concerns of historians. 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.