Lehman Historian Now Heads the Conference of Historical Journals

BRONX, N.Y.—Professor Martin J. Burke of Lehman College’s History Department, a specialist in American intellectual and cultural history as well as the history of Ireland, has been elected president of the Conference of Historical Journals (CHJ), the professional association for the editors of historical journals. Since 2006, he has been executive co-editor of the Journal of the History of Ideas, the oldest and most prestigious international journal in intellectual history. For the last four years, he has served on the CHJ’s Executive Board; and has also been a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ).

“It is both a great honor and a greater challenge to lead the CHJ,” says Prof. Burke, who has been a member of the Lehman faculty since 1997 and has taught at the CUNY Graduate Center since 2002. “Academic publishing is rapidly transforming in this digital age, and I hope that we will play an important role in shaping the future of scholarly journals.”

Founded in 1982, the CHJ is the umbrella organization for over 100 history journals published in the United States and the United Kingdom and is an affiliated society of the American Historical Association (AHA).

In addition to holding a regular meeting for members at the AHA’s annual conference, the CHJ promotes members’ journals and organizes discussions on issues as varied as plagiarism and the transition from print to online formats. For the 2013 conference, to be held in New Orleans, Prof. Burke is organizing a jointly sponsored panel session with the AHA’s Research Division on peer review and the consequences of open access policies.

Besides journal articles on a variety of topics, he has published three books: Why Concepts Matter: Translating Political and Social Thought (Leiden: Brill, 2011); a critical edition of John Quincy Adams’s Dermot MacMorrogh, or the Conquest of Ireland (Washington: Maunsel, 2005); and The Conundrum of Class: Public Discourse on the Social Order in America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995). His research has been funded by grants from the American Antiquarian Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, Notre Dame University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the U.S. Department of Education and the PSC-CUNY awards program.

A native of Brooklyn, Prof. Burke holds an A.B in history from The City College of New York and both an A.M. and Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan. He has been a Junior Fellow at Institute of Irish Studies of the Queen’s University of Belfast, a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Florence and the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a member of the Society of Fellows at the University of Chicago.

A senior college of The City University of New York, Lehman currently enrolls more than 12,200 students and offers close to 100 undergraduate and graduate programs.

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