Publication Date

September 1, 2013

Perspectives Section

AHA Activities, News

Seth Denbo, Phu Pham, and Julie-Irene Nkodo. Photo by Chris Hale.The AHA has added three new staff members, including a director of scholarly communication and digital initiatives.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Seth Denbo as the AHA's first director of scholarly communication and digital initiatives. Over the past 10 years, Denbo has participated actively in the development of innovative digital tools and methods for historical scholarship. Drawing on his experience as a teacher, researcher, and member of infrastructure-building teams, he has played a key role in several international projects that expanded capacity for digital scholarship in the humanities. Denbo has considerable experience bringing together scholars and technologists to address questions about changing forms of scholarship. His appointment gives the AHA new resources to take advantage of emerging avenues for scholarship and communication and help historians navigate the shifting sands of the 21st century's digital landscape. He earned his PhD from the University of Warwick and has taught 18th-century British history in universities in both the United States and the United Kingdom (read more about Seth Denbo).

Our new program assistant, Julie-Irene Nkodo comes to the AHA from Chicago where she worked as a program assistant for Free Spirit Media, a nonprofit video production program for high school students in Chicago. Julie received her BA in history from Princeton University in 2012 with certificates in French language, African studies, and African American studies. Her senior thesis research analyzed the forced brutal labor system of the Congo Free State in the early 20th century.

Phu Pham is the AHA's new staff accountant. Phu graduated from Lehman College with a BS in accounting in 2010. He came to us from New York where he worked for the past two years as an accountant for AFS Intercultural Programs.

This summer we also bid adieu to two staff members. Nike Nivar, our former program assistant, is heading off to University of Southern California to enter the doctoral program in comparative studies in literature and culture in the fall. Tina Wang, the former staff accountant, is now studying full time for her CPA accreditation. We wish them both well in their future endeavors.

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