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RSA Staff

Carla Zecher, Executive Director

Tracy E. Robey, Assistant Director

Evan Carmouche, Program Assistant

Renaissance Quarterly

Jessica Lynn Wolfe, Articles Editor

W. David Myers, Reviews Editor

Colin S. Macdonald, Managing Editor

Joseph Bowling, Production Editor

Maura Kenny, Book Reviews Manager

Stephen Spencer, Editorial Associate

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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.

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.

Transplanted from the borderlands between the United States and Mexico, W. David Myers left the West Texas town of El Paso for undergraduate work at Notre Dame and then a PhD at Yale University (1992 Religious Studies) before migrating to New York City and the History Department at Fordham University. Professor of History and former department chair, Myers has published in a wide range of fields from the history of penance and confession (“Poor, Sinning Folk”: Confession and Conscience in Counter-Reformation Germany (Cornell, 1996) to infanticide, crime, and gender history (Death and a Maiden: Infanticide and the Tragical History of Grethe Schmidt (Northern Illinois University Press, 2011, paper 2012). He is currently completing a new book, American Torture and the Experience of the West while working on a general history of penance and confession in the Catholic tradition. A perpetual migrant, his teaching interests extend across the European continent from the eastern borders of Germany to Finisterre and Santiago de Compostela in western Spain. He joined the Renaissance Quarterly staff as Book Reviews Editor in 2018.

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.

Jessica Wolfe, a native Manhattanite, studied at Bryn Mawr College and then Stanford University (PhD, English Renaissance Literature, 2000) and has taught at UNC Chapel Hill her entire career, where she is now professor of English and Comparative Literature, with secondary appointments in Classics and Romance Studies, and also Director of UNC's Medieval and Early Modern Studies program. She has published two books: Humanism, Machinery, and Renaissance Literature (Cambridge UP, 2004) and Homer and the Question of Strife from Erasmus to Hobbes (Toronto UP, 2015). She is currently editing Thomas Browne's Pseudodoxia Epidemica, a seventeenth-century encyclopedia of errors and falsehoods, for the forthcoming Oxford UP edition of Complete Works of Thomas Browne and has recently embarked on a biography of the poet, playwright, and translator George Chapman. She joined the Renaissance Quarterly staff as Articles Editor in 2018.

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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