At a reception held by UNC Press during the 2015 Southern Historical Association annual meeting, Judith Giesberg, of Villanova University, was officially announced as the new editor of The Journal of the Civil War Era. She succeeds William Blair, the Ferree Professor of Middle American History at Penn State University, who founded the journal in 2011.
Blair steps down after a 15 year editorial career, having edited Civil War History from 2000 to 2010, before launching The Journal of the Civil War. He remains involved with the latter as founding editor. Selected by the Library Journal as one of the best new periodicals of 2011, The Journal of the Civil War Era quickly emerged as one of the leading scholarly publications in the discipline of History.
Giesberg previously had been an associate editor in charge of book reviews since the journal’s inception. Rachel Shelden, of the University of Oklahoma, has joined the journal’s editorial board as its new book review editor. Associate editors Greg Downs, of the University of California, Davis, and Kate Masur, of Northwestern University, jointly oversee the creation and publication of the journal’s review essays.