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RSA Staff

Carla Zecher, Executive Director

Tracy E. Robey, Assistant Director

Evan Carmouche, Program Assistant

Renaissance Quarterly

Nicholas Terpstra, Articles Editor

Sarah Covington, Reviews Editor

Colin S. Macdonald, Managing Editor

Joseph Bowling, Production Editor

Maura Kenny, Book Reviews Manager

Stephen Spencer, Editorial Associate

General inquiries

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New York, NY 10016
phone: 212.817.2130

Staff biographies

Joseph Bowling joined the RSA in 2012 and is currently the production editor for Renaissance Quarterly. In this position, Joseph edits articles and book reviews and assists the managing editor in the production of the journal. Joseph has an AB from the College of Charleston, and MA from Winthrop University, and is currently a PhD candidate in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where he is completing a dissertation on legendary history, vernacular literary production, and national identity in Renaissance England.

Evan Carmouche joined RSA in August 2015 as an administrative assistant. He holds an undergraduate degree in Musicology from Brown University. He provides administrative and logistical support to our office and our members.

Sarah Covington serves as Reviews Editor of Renaissance Quarterly. She is Professor of History at Queens College and the Graduate Center, as well as director of the QC Irish Studies program. Specializing in early modern England and Ireland, she has published two books: The Trail of Martyrdom: Persecution and Resistance in Sixteenth-Century England and Wounds, Flesh, and Metaphor in Seventeenth-Century England, in addition to over twenty-five articles for journals and collections, including the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte, Albion, Book History, Reformation, the Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, History, and Mortality. She is currently working on two monographs: the first, The Black-Billed Birds and the Battling Seas: Oliver Cromwell, Memory, and the Dislocations of Ireland, traces Oliver Cromwell and memory in the Irish historical, literary and folkloric imagination over three centuries. The second book will examine theological and literary reinterpretations of problematic biblical characters and episodes (Judas, Gethsemane) in the wake of the sixteenth-century reformation. She is also editing two books, Explorations in Protestant Aesthetics and New Directions in Early Modern Irish History, both forthcoming next year.

Maura Kenny has a background as an archivist and librarian, and manages the book reviews workflow in the office. She facilitates review copy acquisitions and processing, and book review submissions in the online editorial system. Maura has MAs from the University of Toronto and Middlebury College, an MS in LIS from Simmons College, and is working on her PhD in History at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Colin Macdonald joined RSA in 2011 and is currently the managing editor of Renaissance Quarterly. Colin's primary responsibilities are the editing of RQ articles and book reviews, managing the journal's print and electronic production in coordination with our publishing partners, maintaining editorial policy and house style, and supporting the journal's editors. He has MAs from Columbia University and the University of London, and is a doctoral candidate in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Tracy E. Robey serves as Assistant Director of the RSA. She received a PhD in Early Modern European History and certificate in Renaissance studies from The Graduate Center, CUNY before joining RSA in 2013.

Stephen Spencer joined RSA in 2014 as an editorial assistant. Stephen is responsible for pre-production aspects of the journals book reviews, including cataloging and shipping review copies. Stephen received his MA at Brooklyn College, CUNY, and is currently working on his PhD in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His dissertation explores the politics of emotion in religious literature of the English Revolution.

Nicholas Terpstra serves as Articles Editor of Renaissance Quarterly. He is Professor and Chair of History at the University of Toronto. He is currently working on a project to digitally map social and sensory spaces in sixteenth century Florence. Called the DECIMA Project (the Digitally Encoded Census Information and Mapping Archive), this can be accessed online at, and is also described in: Mapping Space, Sense and Movement in Florence: Historical GIS and the Early Modern City (Routledge: 2016). His other books deal with the intersections of politics, religion, gender, and charity, and include Religious Refugees in the Early Modern World, Cultures of Charity: Women, Politics, and the Reform of Poor Relief in Renaissance Italy (winner of the Marraro Prize of the American Historical Association and the Goodhart Gordan Prize of the Renaissance Society of America), Lost Girls: Sex and Death in Renaissance Florence, Abandoned Children of the Italian Renaissance: Orphan Care in Florence and Bologna, and Lay Confraternities and Civic Religion in Renaissance Bologna (winner of the Marraro Prize of the Society for Italian Historical Studies). He has also edited a number of collections including: Faith’s Boundaries: Laity & Clergy in Early Modern Confraternities, The Art of Executing Well: Rituals of Execution in Renaissance Italy, The Politics of Ritual Kinship: Confraternities and Social Order in Early Modern Italy, Sociability & Its Discontents: Social Capital & Civil Society in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe with N. Eckstein, The Renaissance in the Streets, Schools, and Studies with K. Eisenbichler, The Renaissance in the 19th Century with Y. Portebois.

Carla Zecher joined RSA as its first full-time executive director in July 2015. Prior to that, she was Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies and Curator of Music at the Newberry Library. She holds undergraduate degrees from Oberlin College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a diploma in harpsichord performance from the Strasbourg Conservatory, and a PhD in French from Duke University. She is the author of Sounding Objects: Musical Instruments, Poetry, and Art in Renaissance France (2007), and a co-editor of Dumont de Montigny, Regards sur le monde atlantique, 1715-1747 (2008), and Jean-François-Benjamin Dumont de Montigny, The Memoir of Lieutenant Dumont, 1715-1747: A Sojourner in the French Atlantic (2012).

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