Our Staff

Sean Takats, General Editor

Sean Takats is Associate Professor of History at George Mason University and Director of Research Projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. His research focuses on early modern France, the Enlightenment, and the digital humanities. At the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, Takats directs Zotero, PressForward, and Tropy. He has also led other projects on text mining and the history of science. Takats is also currently co-director of The Encyclopedia of Diderot and D’Alembert Collaborative Translation Project, hosted at the University of Michigan. Takats is author of The Expert Cook in Enlightenment France (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011). His current research extends his interest in occupational expertise to the colonial world, where he explores the practices of collecting and synthesizing a wide range of exotic knowledge, ranging from botany to commerce to medicine. Takats received his bachelor’s degree from Yale and his doctorate from the University of Michigan. He has received fellowships and research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Social Science Research Council.

Laura Crossley, Managing Editor/Site Manager

Laura Crossley is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at George Mason University and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, where she works on Digital Humanities Now and PressForward. She was a Digital History Fellow at the Center from 2016-2018. Before coming to Mason, she received her bachelor’s degree from Knox College. Her research interests are late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Native American history, public history, and digital history.

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