We are very pleased to announce that, as of January 1, Bill Caraher will become the editor of North Dakota Quarterly.
Bill is an associate professor in the History Department at the University of North Dakota and specializes in field archaeology, Early Christian and Byzantine architecture, material culture and settlement in the Bakken oil patch of western North Dakota, and the history of Late Antique Cyprus and Greece. Since 2003, he has been co-director of the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project on Cyprus and the co-PI of the North Dakota Man Camp Project. He’s the co-author of Pyla-Koutsopetria I: Archaeological Survey of an Ancient Coastal Town (2014 with David Pettegrew and R. Scott Moore) and The Bakken: An Archaeology of an Industrial Landscape (2017 with Bret Weber). He co-edited Archaeology and History in Roman, Medieval and Post-medieval Greece (2008 with Linda Jones Hall and R. Scott Moore), Punk Archaeology (2014 with Kostis Kourelis and Andrew Reinhard), The Bakken Goes Boom: Oil and the Changing Geographies of Western North Dakota (2016 with Kyle Conway), and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archaeology (with David Pettegrew and Tom Davis).
In the past ten years, Bill has learned to promote the public humanities through his service on the North Dakota Humanities Council, the North Dakota State Historic Preservation Board, and the board of trustees of the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute in Nicosia, Cyprus. He has also served on the editorial board of North Dakota Quarterly. He co-edited volume 80.2 with Rebecca Rozelle-Stone dedicated to Slow, worked on preparing the NDQ archive, and has helped with the development of NDQ’s web presence.
Bill will also take on the role of publisher for NDQ. For this, he can draw on his experience as the founding publisher of The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota which has published books that deal with Mediterranean archaeology and “North Dakotiana” over the past few years.
His experience using digital methods to extend the reach of traditional academic publishing and in the public humanities will help expand the impact of NDQ in the digital era. His grounding in history and in the fundamental value of patient, careful, and thoughtful humanistic inquiry will ensure that whatever new media NDQ embraces, that it will continue to express the same methods that have guided the Quarterly for over a century.
As part of this change, NDQ has temporarily suspended submissions (but not for long!), but plans to re-open then in 2018. We have also suspended individual subscriptions as we transition to a more open and digital method of distributing the journal. The journal will continue in paper form in 2018!
Please check ndquarterly.org regularly for updates on the Quarterly, intriguing new content, and more from a new and expanded editorial board.