Perspectives on History Staff

L. Renato Grigoli

L. Renato Grigoli is the editor of Perspectives on History. As a historian, Leland is interested in identity formation, religious devotion, and state power. He specializes in the societies of the medieval Mediterranean and the modern reception of the middle ages. He is also deeply involved in the digital humanities, especially as they concern digitization efforts in archives and new geospatial approaches. Leland holds a ALB in Medieval Studies from Harvard University, a MTS in the History of Christianity from Harvard Divinity School, and completed his PhD in History from Brown University in 2021. Follow him on X (formerly Twitter): @mapper_mundi.

Senior Managing Editor
Laura Ansley

Laura Ansley joined the AHA in September 2019, where she manages Perspectives on History, along with the AHA's booklets, annual meeting program, and sundry other publications. She is co-facilitator of the Humanities and Social Sciences Publishing Professionals community of interest for the Society of Scholarly Publishing. In 2022, she received a Next Step Grant from the Association of University Presses.

Previously, Laura worked 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. From 2017 to 2022, she volunteered 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.

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Research and Publications Assistant
Lizzy Meggyesy

Lizzy Meggyesy is the research and publications assistant at the AHA. She assists in the production of Perspectives on History. She received her BA in history and political science in 2021 and her MA in history in 2022 from Tulane University. Her research interests include Central Europe, the American South, and environmental history.

Communications Director
Alexandra F. Levy

Alexandra F. Levy joined the AHA in April 2020. She manages communications for the AHA, including its social media platforms, press and media relations, and the AHA website. She serves as secretary to the AHA Council.

Alexandra previously served as vice president at the Atomic Heritage Foundation and as a communications consultant. She holds an MA in history from the University of Virginia and a BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania. Her specialties include the history of World War II and the Holocaust. Follow her on X (formerly Twitter): @AlexandraFL21

Manager, 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.

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