Meet the Team

Erin Bartram

Erin (@erin_bartram) is an independent historian, freelance writer, and editor for Contingent. She’s also president of the magazine’s board of directors. Erin earned a PhD in 2015 from the University of Connecticut, where she studied 19th-century US history with a focus on women, religion, and ideas. She co-edits the Rethinking Careers, Rethinking Academia series for the University Press of Kansas. You can read more of her writing on history, pedagogy, and higher ed at her website.

Bill Black

Bill (@williamrblack) is a visiting professor at Western Kentucky University, an editor for Contingent, and the board’s secretary and vice president. Bill grew up in Memphis and got his PhD at Rice University, where he studied religion, nationalism, and slavery in the 19th-century Ohio Valley. You can find links here to his writing in Vox, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and elsewhere.

Rachel Eshenour

Rachel is a member of Contingent’s board of directors and a social studies teacher at a public high school outside of Buffalo, N.Y. She earned an MA in history from the University at Buffalo and holds an NYS certification in both Social Studies and Students with Disabilities, grades 7–12.

Emily Esten 

Emily (@sheishistoric) is Contingent’s web designer and manager. She is also currently the Judaica Digital Humanities Project Coordinator at Penn Libraries. She received an MA in public humanities from Brown University, and a BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, studying history and digital humanities.

Marc Reyes

Marc (@Marc_A_Reyes84) is an editor for Contingent and the organization’s treasurer. He is also a history PhD candidate at the University of Connecticut, where he studies 20th-century foreign relations with a focus on the US and India, development, and technology. A Fulbright-Nehru Fellow, Marc is currently in India conducting research for his dissertation, a political and cultural study of India’s atomic energy program.

Michelle Ronholm

Michelle is a member of Contingent’s board of directors and has more than 15 years of experience in communications, at large agencies like Edelman and both large and small organizations like the American Heart Association and the International Food Information Council. She received a BA in history and political science from Muskingum University and an MA in political management from George Washington University.

Ravynn K. Stringfield

Ravynn (@RavynnKaMia) is a PhD student in American studies at the College of William and Mary. Her research centers the Black woman’s imagination and fantasy across different media including, but not limited to, literature, comics, music, and the digital. She is on Contingent’s board of directors.

Kelly Weber Stefonowich

Kelly sits on Contingent’s board of directors. She works in nonprofit development and lives in Virginia Beach. She received a PhD in history at Rice University, where she studied women and gender in the post–Civil War South.