Perspectives on History Staff

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. Her ORCID is Follow her on Twitter: @lmansley.

Editorial Assistant
Karen Lou

Karen Lou is the editorial assistant for the AHA. Karen supports the publications department, the Research Division, and helps with other projects. She graduated from Emory University in 2019 with degrees in history and international studies. Karen is especially interested in modern political history of the United States.

Associate Editor, Web Content and Social Media
Elyse Martin

Elyse Martin edits content for the AHA website and maintains the AHA's social media presence. Prior to joining the AHA staff in February 2018, she worked for the Folger Institute, at the Folger Shakespeare Library, where she provided logistical support for advanced scholarly programming, including such initiatives as the Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) project, the NEH Office of Digital Humanities–funded Early Modern Digital Agendas series, as well as multiple NEH-funded conferences. She received her BA in French studies and comparative literature from Smith College, and was a TAPIF English Teaching Assistant in St. Quentin, France. Follow her on Twitter: @champs_elyse.

Coordinator, Data Administration and Integrity
Liz Townsend

Liz Townsend started working at the AHA in 1991 as editorial assistant for the Directory of History Departments, Historical Organizations, and Historians. She now oversees the AHA Career Center; edits the Directory; staffs the Professional Division of the AHA Council, the Committee on Committees, and the Nominating Committee; oversees the election of AHA officers; and manages the annual meeting Registration and Job Center. She 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.

Marketing Manager
Katie Kaefer

Katie is the Marketing Manager for the AHA. Katie promotes the AHA’s programs, initiatives, activities, and publications while developing, implementing, and coordinating the Association’s marketing and branding strategies. Prior to joining the AHA she was the Journals Publicist at Duke University Press. Katie received a BA in History and English Literature from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2010 and an MA in American History and Digital History with a concentration in Women’s Studies from the University of Houston in 2012, where she studied women in the nineteenth-century South.

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