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Eileen Gardiner and Ronald G. Musto to Lead Medieval Academy of America


On January 28, the Medieval Academy of America (MAA) announced the joint appointment of Eileen Gardiner and Ronald G. Musto as executive director of the Academy and editor of its journal, Speculum. They will take up their position on September 1, 2011. Please see the Academy’s website announcement

Gardiner and Musto currently serve as co-directors of ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB), an online, fully searchable collection of nearly 3,000 books of major importance in the humanities. Titles are chosen in collaboration with 20 ACLS member societies and over 100 publishers. Originally funded as the ACLS History E-Book Project in 1999 by a $3-million, five-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional funding from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, HEB achieved self-sustainability in 2005. It has become a model of creative partnerships in digital scholarly publishing, with over 640 institutional subscribers in 33 countries across the globe.

ACLS President Pauline Yu responded to the announcement “with mixed emotions,” saying:


Over the past 12 years, Eileen and Ron have brought HEB from a set of hopeful but vague intentions to an established and growing resource that enjoys—unusually for such projects—both a reputation for the highest scholarly utility and hard-won financial sustainability. The experience, care, and discipline they have focused on the effort have been critical to its success, but also essential was their zest and imagination.  We will miss them as the leaders of HEB, and we will miss their immediate colleagueship in our offices.


Gardiner and Musto have worked in various aspects of the book trade since 1967 and cofounded Italica Press in 1985. They have individually and jointly authored and edited numerous books, articles, reviews, and websites, with a concentration on medieval studies and e-publishing. They are most recently working together on the book, The Digital Humanities: A Primer for Scholars and Studies, to be published by Cambridge University Press.

The MAA is a founding member of the American Council of Learned Societies. “All our member societies are special,” President Yu noted, “but the Medieval Academy holds a particularly notable place, for together we are heirs to the leadership of Charles Homer Haskins, the first chair of ACLS and the founder of MAA.” Haskins was one of two U.S. delegates to the first meeting of the Union Académique Internationale (UAI) in 1919, shortly after which ACLS was created to represent American scholarship in that organization.

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