Brooklyn Historian Heads Conference of Historical Journals

BRONX — Brooklyn native Professor Martin J. Burke, a member of Lehman College’s History Department and 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).
Since 2006, he has been executive co-editor of the Journal of the History of Ideas, the oldest and most prestigious international journal on 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 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 more than 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, 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’ 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 a B.A. in history from The City College of New York and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan.