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RSA Staff

Carla Zecher, Executive Director
czecher@rsa.org

Tracy E. Robey, Assistant Director
trobey@rsa.org

Evan Carmouche, Program Assistant
ecarmouche@rsa.org

Maura Kenny, Fellowships and Development Coordinator
mkenny@rsa.org


Renaissance Quarterly

Jessica Lynn Wolfe, Articles Editor
jwolfe@rsa.org

W. David Myers, Reviews Editor
dmyers@rsa.org

Colin S. Macdonald, Managing Editor
cmacdonald@rsa.org

Stephen Spencer, Book Reviews Manager
sspencer@rsa.org

Christopher McKeen, Editorial Assistant
cmckeen@rsa.org


General inquiries

The Renaissance Society of America
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5400
New York, NY 10016
phone: 212.817.2130
rsa@rsa.org


Staff biographies

Evan Carmouche joined the RSA in 2015 as an administrative assistant and is now the Society's program assistant. He holds an undergraduate degree in Musicology from Brown University. He provides administrative support to our office and members, manages our membership database, and oversees the submission process and program for the RSA Annual Meeting.

Maura Kenny has a background as an archivist and librarian, and is the coordinator for fellowships and development at the RSA. Maura holds 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. Her dissertation studies English family archives and record keeping practices in the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries.

Colin Macdonald has been with the RSA since 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 a PhD in English from The Graduate Center, CUNY, with a dissertation on "'Community in Solitude': The Solitary Self, Social Critique, and Utopian Longing."

Chris McKeen joined the RSA in 2018 and is now an editorial assistant for Renaissance Quarterly, working with book reviews. Chris completed a PhD in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in 2018. His work on Renaissance poetic form and history writing is published in Notes and Queries and forthcoming in English Literary Renaissance.

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 the RSA in 2013. Her dissertation, "Glory and Infamy: Making the Memory of Duke Alessandro de’ Medici in Renaissance Florence" is a case study of the ways people made and destroyed collective memory in sixteenth-century Florence. As a journalist, she has written on archaeology, the history of fashion and beauty, and political history, and been published in Archaeology, Jezebel, and Racked.

Stephen Spencer joined the RSA in 2014 and is now the book reviews manager for Renaissance Quarterly. Stephen facilitates review copy acquisitions and processing, as well as book review submissions in the online editorial system. Stephen received his MA at Brooklyn College and is currently working on his PhD in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His dissertation explores the manner in which Protestant joy illuminates intersections between religion, politics, and aesthetics in revolutionary England, especially in the work of John Milton.

Jessica Wolfe, a native Manhattanite, studied at Bryn Mawr College and then Stanford University (PhD, English Renaissance Literature, 2000). She 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 came to the 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). She is currently writing a book on music and travel in the Renaissance and beyond, and serves as a consultant for the Newberry's French and Italian paleography website projects. At the RSA she works closely with the Society's Board of Directors and coordinates the entire range of the Society’s operations: personnel, governance, finance, communications, and programs.

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