Become an Encyclopedia of Cleveland History Contributor


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What’s past is prologue. The Encyclopedia staff has created a new editorial system.  This system is based on the original print subject task force model implemented by our founder, the late David Van Tassel and current senior editor John Grabowski.  

Writers of all experience levels are welcome to be a contributor.  All contributors will receive credit if their material is used. Contributors will work with Associate Topical Editors, who are subject-matter experts, and all content will be vetted.  

Below are the the subject-matter task forces that are looking for contributors. For more information about how to join the new phase of the project, email Grabowski at

Become a part of Cleveland history--and our future.

Subject Matter Associate Topical Editors

  • AFRICAN AMERICAN - Chair: Dr. Todd Michney, Assistant Professor in the School of History and Sociology at The Georgia Institute of Technology

  • ENVIRONMENT - Chair: Dr. Jonathan Wlasiuk, History Instructor at Michigan State University

  • EXPLORATION AND EARLY SETTLEMENT -- Chair.  Bill Barrow, MA/MLS, Head of Special Collections (retired), Cleveland State University Library and President, Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve.
  • FINE ARTS AND LITERATURE - Chairs:  Dennis Dooley, B.S., M.A.  Author, editor, journalist, cultural historian, inductee in the Ohio Poets Association, interim chair of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award Jury, and Cleveland Arts Prize recipient.   Aaron Berry Davis, fiction author and contributor to The Kenyon Review.

  • GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS - Chair: Dr. Judith G. Cetina, Cuyahoga County Archivist, Cuyahoga County Archives.

  • IMMIGRATION - Chairs: Dr. Sean Martin, Associate Curator for Jewish History at Western Reserve Historical Society, Dr. Pietro Shakarian, Lecturer, History, American University of Armenia.

  • LABOR - Chair:  Dr. Paul E. Lubienecki, Previous positions:  Adjunct History Faculty, SUNY Fredonia, founding director for the Boland Center for the Study of Labor and Religion

  • MEDICINE - Chair: Dr. James Edmonson,(retired) Chief Curator, Dittrick Medical History Center and Adjunct Associate Professor of History

  • NEIGHBORHOODS, SUBURBS & LANDMARKS -- Chairs:  Dr. J. Mark Souther, Professor, Director Center for Public History + Digital Humanities,  Cleveland State University.    Chris Roy, MA, local history researcher/writer/editor and former president, Cleveland Heights Historical Society.

  • SPORTS - Chair: Dr. Stephanie Liscio, sports author and Cleveland Indians Affiliate Blogger for ESPN’s Sweetspot

  • TECHNOLOGY - Chair: Dr. Edward Pershey, Director of Special Projects and Exhibits at Western Reserve Historical Society

  • WOMEN AND GENDER.  Dr. Einav Rabinovitch-Fox.  Visiting Instructor,  Department of History, Case Western Reserve University.