Hey, remember us?
A few months ago we decided it was time to take a break here at The Junto. Our first five years were far better than we ever expected—you can get a run-down of our achievements here—but we were a bit burned out, to be honest. Most of us have been blogging since the beginning, and we only have so many good ideas to blog about. We were also ready for the next phase of The Junto‘s history.
We therefore decided to furlough our content, engage in some deep conversations concerning the blog’s future direction, and add some new bloggers to our bullpen. You’ll notice that we also revamped our blog design.
We are now ready to unveil a new, sleek, and rejuvenated website. Those bloggers who have decided to remain are recommitted to producing content, and our new additions are anxious to provide fresh voices and perspectives. We hope that this launch will make up for the couple of months in the dark.
I’m thrilled to introduce our new batch of full-time bloggers for us. After a very broad search with lots of fabulous applicants—we had far more qualified candidates than we had room to fill—our new “generation” of writers are positioned to take the site in exciting directions. You can find all of their bios in our “Members” pages, but here is a quick run-down:
- Carla Cevasco, an assistant professor of history at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and scholar of food, medicine and the body, and material culture in early America and the Atlantic world.
- Elbra David, who recently finished a PhD at the University of California, Irvine, on economy and law in the early republic.
- Julia Gossard, an assistant professor of history at Utah State University, who studies the history of childhood, youth, and gender in the eighteenth-century French world.
- Philippe Halbert, a doctoral student in art history at Yale University whose dissertation examines the material culture of domestic life in French and Spanish colonial Louisiana.
- Vanessa Holden, an assistant professor of History and African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky, who studies the history of gender and sexuality in the antebellum South, slave rebellion and resistance, and same-gender loving individuals in the Atlantic World.
- Ebony Jones, an assistant professor of history at North Carolina State University who studies the histories of Atlantic world slavery, the transatlantic slave trade, and imperial crime and punishment.
- Lindsay Keiter, a historian of women and gender in early British North America, who currently works for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
- Adam McNeil, a soon-to-be doctoral student at the University of Delaware and scholar of nineteenth-century African American history.
- Jordan Taylor, formerly Digital Projects Editor at the Journal of American History and co-editor of the blog Process, and a PhD student at University of Indiana.
- Emily Yankowitz, an MPhil student at the University of Cambridge who will be a PhD candidate in history at Yale this fall.
I think you’ll agree that The Junto‘s future is in good hands. This incoming group makes our roster much more diverse in content, background, and vocation, and they are each brilliant and personable. I am thrilled to see their contributions as they get settled in this new habitat.
We thank you, dear readers, for sticking with us for the past half-decade, and we hope you’ll stay with us for another. This re-launch demonstrates our dedication to continuing to produce material that stimulates, engages, and entertains. Our schedule for the next two months is already full. We hope to remain the primary digital hub for early American scholarship, but we can only do that with your consistent participation.
Here’s to new beginnings, and here’s to The Junto‘s future.