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Meet the Editors!


Introducing the team of editors behind the SHGAPE blog:


Photo of Amanda Lynn BrewerAmanda Lynn Brewer is a Ph.D. Candidate at Michigan State University specializing in U.S. Social and Cultural History and the History of Medicine. She was a recipient of a 2019 OAH Conference Travel Award from the Program Committee of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE). Most recently, she has been awarded a Summer 2020 Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the Michigan State University College of Social Science. Her dissertation project explores the intersections of the history of food, psychiatry, institutions, scientific expertise, and health in the Progressive-Era United States.



Photo of Laura CrossleyLaura Crossley is a history Ph.D. student at George Mason University. She is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, where she serves as Managing Editor of Digital Humanities Now. She is also the Editorial Assistant for the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and the Graduate Student Representative on the SHGAPE Council. Her research interests include Indigenous histories, digital history, and public history. Her dissertation will examine how political debates over land, statehood, and Native sovereignty in the American West played out at U.S. world’s fairs in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.



Photo of Chelsea GibsonH-SHGAPE Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Chelsea Gibson. Chelsea is a GAPE historian with a specialty in US-Russia relations and women’s history. She is currently a VAP at Binghamton University. Her research examines the reception of Russian terrorist women in the United States between 1878 and 1920. She also serves on the board of the Phelps Mansion Museum, a Gilded Age museum located in Binghamton, NY. You can follow her on twitter @gibsoche.




Photo of Caroline GreerCaroline Greer is a master’s student in history at Auburn University. She studies gender and religion in the early republic, and has interests in public and digital history. She works with the Encyclopedia of Alabama and has written dozens of articles for the Alabama Bicentennial.





Dr. Evan Elizabeth Hart is an Assistant Professor of History at Missouri Western State University where she teaches courses on American History, Women’s History, African American History, and the History of Medicine. She specializes in the history of women’s health activism, particularly among women of color. She’s currently working on a project that examines a murder case in Missouri that combines a number of her interests: the Progressive Era, true crime, and women’s health. She also serves as the Director of Teacher Education for her department where she helps future secondary school teachers combine sound pedagogy with a love of history.



Photo of Alan LessoffDr. Alan Lessoff is University Professor of History at Illinois State University in Normal, IL. From 2004 to 2014, he served as editor of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He is currently a member of the SHGAPE Council and multiple SHGAPE committees. His most recent book is Where Texas Meets the Sea: Corpus Christi and Its History (University of Texas Press, 2015).




Photo of Terri LottiTerri Lotti is an architectural historian and archaeologist. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama in Art History and a Master of Arts in History from the University of West Georgia. She has worked in the Cultural Resources field for 25 years. She has written and technically edited reports, contexts, films, video games, and public products on everything from pre-contact archaeological sites to a script for the PBS documentary on the history of the Dixie Highway through Georgia. In addition, Terri has been an adjunct instructor at the University of West Georgia teaching History Since the Reconstruction.



Photo of Lauren MacIvor ThompsonDr. Lauren MacIvor Thompson is a historian of early-twentieth century law, medicine, and public health, and serves as the faculty fellow for Georgia State University’s College of Law’s Center for Law, Health & Society. She is also a permanent lecturer of history at Georgia State University’s Perimeter College, where she teaches the introductory surveys on United States History and World History. She is working on a book manuscript, Battle for Birth Control: Mary Dennett, Margaret Sanger, and the Rivalry That Shaped a Movement, forthcoming with Rutgers University Press.


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