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RSA Staff

Carla Zecher, Executive Director

Erika Suffern, Associate Director

Tracy E. Robey, Assistant Director

Evan Carmouche, Administrative Assistant

Renaissance Quarterly

Nicholas Terpstra, Articles Editor

Sarah Covington, Reviews Editor

Erika Suffern, Managing Editor

Colin S. Macdonald, Production Editor

Joseph Bowling, Copyeditor

Maura Kenny, Book Reviews Manager

Stephen Spencer, Book Reviews Assistant

General inquiries

The Renaissance Society of America
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5400
New York, NY 10016
phone: 212.817.2130
fax: 212.817.1544

Staff biographies

Joseph Bowling joined RSA in 2012 and is a copyeditor for Renaissance Quarterly. In this position, Joseph copyedits articles, review essays, and book reviews published in RQ and assists the production and managing editors in preparing each issue for print. Joseph holds an AB from the College of Charleston, an MA from Winthrop University, and is currently a PhD candidate in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Evan Carmouche joined RSA in August 2015 as an administrative assistant. He holds an undergraduate degree in Musicology from Brown University. He provides administrative and logistical support to our office and our members.

Maura Kenny has a background as an archivist and librarian, and manages the book reviews workflow in the office. She facilitates review copy acquisitions and processing, and book review submissions in the online editorial system. Maura has 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.

Colin Macdonald joined RSA in 2011 and is currently the production editor for Renaissance Quarterly. Colin’s primary responsibilities are the editing of all articles and book reviews in RQ, and assisting the managing editor in production of the journal. He has MAs from Columbia University and the University of London, and is a doctoral candidate in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Tracy Robey received a PhD in Early Modern European History and certificate in Renaissance studies from The Graduate Center, CUNY before joining RSA in 2013. Tracy serves as the editor of the newly reformatted Renaissance News and plans our general communication strategy including the design and content of our website. For the Annual Meeting Tracy manages event and session logistics, collaborates with Guidebook to make our mobile program app, and writes newsletters about the conference and host city. Tracy is also the day-to-day coordinator for our research grants program.

Stephen Spencer joined RSA in 2014 as an editorial assistant. Stephen is responsible for pre-production aspects of the journals book reviews, including cataloging and shipping review copies. Stephen received his MA at Brooklyn College, CUNY, and is currently working on his PhD in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Erika Suffern holds degrees in art history from Bard College and the University of Delaware, with a focus on early modern painting and architecture. She began working at RSA in 2007 as a copy editor for Renaissance Quarterly. Now as the organization’s Associate Director, she manages a wide range of activities, including the conference program, publications, and membership. She also continues in her role as managing editor of RQ and oversees the editorial staff.

Carla Zecher joined 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).

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