Essays in History, is a graduate student run and edited journal produced yearly by the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. It seeks publications from early career historians, namely graduate students and new professors. It was consistently published from the 1950s through the late 1990s when it ceased publication for a short time. In 2009, a handful of graduate students banded together to bring it back, and it is now an open-access website with journal articles, reviews, quarterly reviews, and blog entries.
I was one of the earliest editors on the revived journal. From 2010 to 2012, I served as the managing editor, and from 2011 to 2012, I served as the lead Associate Editor for Book Reviews. As managing editor, I helped our editor in chief ensure that our journal was published on time andmet our high standards for quality. Between my two roles, I was responsible for reviewing all of our content, overseeing the book reviews submission, revision, and publication process, and even training other staff members in how to use Drupal. This summer, I was asked by the editor in chief to serve on an advisory board for the journal. Working on Essays in History was one of the most rewarding experiences of my graduate education, for it not only gave me experience working collaboratively with my peers and in editing a scholarly journal, but in working with our site it was also a valuable digital humanities experience.
Our current website, based on a Drupal CMS, was launched in 2011. Using Drupal was a key decision that has allowed us to manage the journal better, by templates for different kinds of entries and being able to set very precise permissions for different kind of users. All of our blog entries, reviews, and articles are presented in searchable text, making it easier for anyone using a search engine like Google to find our content. We have also updated the site with back issues of the journal from the 1990s. Eventually, we hope to partner with Alderman Library at UVA to present the older print version of the journal online as well.