Publication Date

December 3, 2018

Perspectives Section

AHA Activities

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Members Making News

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  • United States

Although Nathan Draluck, the new reviews editor at the American Historical Review, is the son of a typesetter who worked for decades in the printing and publishing industry, he didn’t always think he’d end up in publishing as well. He got his start in the industry as a bindery worker at a small print shop in Miami, Florida—folding, stapling, cutting, and collating before going off to college at the University of Central Florida (UCF). There, following in the family’s footsteps, he initially pursued a major in digital graphic design and computer science before his world—or rather, his worldview—was turned upside down.

Nathan Draluck

Nathan Draluck is the American Historical Review’s new reviews editor.

A simple Introduction to Philosophy course changed everything for Nathan, and before he knew it, he had left behind the world of images to study the forms and the canon of Western philosophy. In college, Nathan also fell in love with the humanities and supplemented the depth of his philosophical study with the breadth of a diverse and rich survey of the humanities. He would go on to graduate from UCF with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and humanities.

After college, Nathan interned with the Florida Cultural Heritage Alliance and with the UCF School of Film and Digital Media. But philosophy called to him again, and he enrolled in the philosophy graduate program at the University of South Florida. He studied the history of philosophy and found that many of his philosophy professors identified as historians; from them, Nathan learned how important it is to situate concepts and to consider the history of ideas in their proper context. After spending some time in the classroom as a graduate teaching assistant and as an adjunct professor, Nathan was appointed as managing editor for Perspectives on Science: Historical, Philosophical, Social. Once again, Nathan’s world was turned upside down—this time he discovered the vocation of editing as a fulfilling activity in which he could contribute to scholarship and showcase his skills.

Nathan Draluck got his start in the publishing industry as a bindery worker at a small print shop in Miami.

With a master’s degree in philosophy in hand, Nathan would go on to dedicate his professional life to all things editorial. He worked for a trade publisher as an editorial associate in 2014 and then transitioned into freelance work. Nathan specialized in nonfiction and scholarly editing, but working for an academic journal was his dream.

Nathan is pleased to join the American Historical Review, where he will serve the profession and the journal by maintaining its exemplary reviews section. He brings a blue-collar sensibility to the job of editing and hopes that his critical eye will ensure acute argumentation and fair reviews.

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