I am absolutely delighted to announce that Roderick A. McDonald has been appointed editor of Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, for a term extending through June 2019.
Roderick, of course, is no stranger to Early Americanists in general and to the McNeil Center community in particular. Long a fixture at Center seminars and deeply committed to every aspect of the Center's life and work, he brings a distinguished record to this new position. He is the author of The Economy and Material Culture of Slaves: Goods and Chattels on the Sugar Plantations of Jamaica and Louisiana (1993); Between Slavery and Freedom: Special Magistrate John Anderson's Journal of St. Vincent During the Apprenticeship (2001); and numerous scholarly articles. He is editor of West Indies Accounts: Essays on the History of the British Caribbean and the Atlantic Economy in Honour of Richard Sheridan (1996); and, among other honors, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009. As editor of The Journal of the Early Republic from 2004 to 2009, he oversaw that journalâs transition to the University of Pennsylvania Press and took the publication to new heights of excellence.
Roderick's deep connections with both the Press and the Center, his intellect and editorial wisdom, and, most important, his commitment to mentoring younger scholars combine to make him uniquely qualified to take the helm of EAS. I am excited to be working with him in this new capacity, and I hope you all will join me in congratulating him as he enters this new phase of his remarkable career.
I am also pleased to announce that Sarah Rodriguez will be working with Roderick as Managing Editor, building on her several years of experience as assistant to the late Dallett Hemphill. The journal is in good hands indeed!
Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank Elaine Forman Crane for her excellent work as Interim Editor during the past few months. Her willingness to take on this responsibility on short notice and at a very difficult time leaves us all deeply in her debt.
With best wishes,
Daniel K. Richter
The Richard S. Dunn Director
McNeil Center for Early American Studies