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Jessica Wolfe, Renaissance Quarterly Articles Editor

Jessica Wolfe, Renaissance Quarterly Articles Editor

Since becoming Articles Editor of Renaissance Quarterly in 2018, Jessica Wolfe has continued the expansion of the journal's remit undertaken by her predecessor, Nicholas Terpstra, to produce issues that present the in-depth archival research that the journal is known for, while including an even wider range of fields. One could point to such articles as Alison Machlis Meyer’s “Constructing Islam in an Early Modern Anthology,” Virginia Cox’s “An Unknown Early Modern New World Epic,” and Lauren Beck’s “Race and Labor in Sixteenth-Century Seville” to see European perspectives on Islam, the colonization of the Americas, and the construction of race. RQ’s perspectives on history have gone well beyond the confines of Europe, with Arab and Ottoman worlds, for example, represented in scholarship by Nabil Matar on Arabic writing on the Reformation and Giancarlo Casale on Ottoman debates about the Americas. A particularly stunning example of the more global scope of the journal is Daniela Bleichmar’s article on pre-Hispanic Aztec history in the Codex Mendoza.

Jessica has also made strides in representing a more diverse range of authors. Close to half of the articles published are by early career, as opposed to senior, scholars. Recently, RQ has also published more multiauthored articles. One could point to work by Pamela Smith and her team from the Making and Knowing project on “The Matter of Ephemeral Art,” and work by Hannah Marcus and Paula Findlen on “Deciphering Galileo: Communication and Secrecy before and after the Trial.”

Finally, Jessica has committed to getting as many authors as possible a useful peer reviewed critique. This is a time-consuming and often frustrating task, but one that she strives to fulfill in order to be as responsive and constructive an editor as possible. We are indeed fortunate to have Jessica Wolfe as Articles Editor, a scholar widely admired for her own scholarship and tirelessly dedicated to helping others to produce their best work.

Clare Caroll
Immediate Past President, RSA

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