The World Wide Web offers learned societies amazing new opportunities to engage with members, our disciplines, and the wider society. Through using the range of means the web affords for new types of communication we are better able to fulfill our mission to advocate for the discipline of history and to promote its study throughout the country and internationally. In the past few years, we have made our website and social media outlets central to the work of the Association, and the visibility of our activities has grown significantly as a result.
As of Monday, the AHA has a new web maven. We are very excited to have Stephanie Kingsley joining the AHA as associate editor for web content and social media. Stephanie takes over responsibility for managing our large and complex website, developing the AHA’s social media presence, and working with staff, Council, and members to foster excellent content for our active blog.
Kingsley completed her master’s in English this past May at the University of Virginia, where she specialized in American literature, book history, and the digital humanities. She participated in the UVa Scholars’ Lab Praxis Program, an intensive year-long fellowship that trains humanities graduate students in digital humanities project development. For her MA thesis, she produced a digital critical edition of a chapter from James Fenimore Cooper’s novel Mercedes of Castile.
While in Charlottesville, Kingsley worked at Rare Book School and the Papers of George Washington doing bibliographical research and social media. She is excited to continue working within the world of academia and to contribute to the work the AHA does to promote and advocate for the discipline of history.