We are delighted to announce that World History Center Associate Director and Head of Educational Outreach, Dr. Molly A. Warsh, has taken over as the editor of Journal of Early Modern History (JEMH), published by Brill. Established in 1997, the Journal of Early Modern History is a peer-reviewed journal based at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Premodern Studies. It is the first scholarly journal dedicated to scholarship about early modernity viewed from a world-historical perspective. JEMH is a leading publication in the field of global history on the period c. 1300-1800. Dr. Warsh takes over the editorship from Dr. Simon Ditchfield, a professor of history and director of the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies (CREMS) at the University of York.
Dr. Warsh’s work as a globally-minded early modernist and as an active teacher and scholar of world history has helped to elevate Pitt’s reputation as a center for world historical research and teaching. In addition to numerous articles and a co-edited volume of essays, Dr. Warsh is the author of American Baroque: Pearls and the Nature of Empire 1492-1700 (Omohundro Institute/UNC Press, 2018) a study of the global repercussions of sixteenth-century Spanish Caribbean pearl fisheries. She is currently working on her next book on the history of itinerant labor and recently published an op-ed in The Washington Post in which she offered a world historical perspective on the seasonal and temporary labor occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic. As head of educational outreach at the World History Center, Dr. Warsh leads the Alliance for Learning in World History a collaboration of educators, administrators, and scholars committed to advancing the teaching and learning of world history in classrooms in the U.S. and globally. Her record of scholarship and collaboration in a variety of early modern and globally-minded projects make her well-positioned to take the helm at the JEMH.
As editor, Dr. Warsh will continue to promote the utility of a world historical perspective on the early modern world and contribute to the World History Center’s growing reputation as being one the nation’s foremost centers for global approaches to our shared past.