Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Introducing Our AHA Team

Whether you will be in Washington D.C. this weekend for the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, or have decided to take this year off, I want to invite you to check The Way of Improvement Leads Home regularly for conference updates.  This year we will be covering the conference using four correspondents (in addition to myself).  It should be our biggest year ever.

Let's meet the team:

Liz Covart:  Liz in an independent early American historian and author of a very useful blog, Uncommonplace Book.  A former student of Alan Taylor, she is currently at work on her first book, America's First Gateway: Albany, N.Y., 1615-1830.  If you are interested in establishing a writing platform and reaching popular audiences with your work, I encourage you to read Liz's blog.  I check it every day.

Christopher Graham:  Christopher just finished his Ph.D at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.  His dissertation is entitled "Faith and Family in Antebellum Piedmont North Carolina." His work has appeared in the Journal of Southern Religion, the Journal of Backcountry Studies, and The Public Historian.  Check out Christopher's blog: Whig Hill.

Mary Sanders: Mary returns for a second year of covering the AHA for The Way of Improvement Leads Home.  (Read last year's posts here).  She is a doctoral candidate in American history at Oklahoma State University where she works at the intersection of modern American history and American religious history.  Check out her blog Digital Grad Lounge

Christine Kelly:  Christine is a doctoral student in American history at Fordham University.  In 2013 she won the Elmer Louis Kayser Prize for the best M.A. thesis at George Washington University and has held internships at American Historical Association and the History News Network.  She hopes to expand her thesis on Peter Seeger and folk song activism into a dissertation.  Christine will be working for the AHA at this year's conference.  Oh, and did I mention she is a former student of mine?

John Fea: That's me.  I will be speaking in two sessions and serving on a pretty intense search committee, but I will try to keep things moving during the course of the weekend.

Stay tuned.