Membership in the academy is by invitation only and limited to those with a demonstrated record of accomplishment in New York history as authors, archivists, public historians, teachers, librarians, administrators, and others. Dr. Risk, who offered many lectures during last year’s anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York, will be formally inducted into the academy April 5.
Dr. Risk also recently authored articles about women’s suffragists that appear in the catalog for the Votes for Women exhibit at the New York State Museum and in the New York History journal, the latter to be published in a women’s suffrage centennial double edition in summer/fall 2018.
Founded in 2007, the NYAH’s purpose is to be the voice of those engaged in the practice of New York history, to encourage its study, advocate for its strength, and represent the interests of those who work in classrooms, archives, and historical societies.
Dr. Thomas A. Chambers, a professor of history at Niagara, is also an NYAH fellow.
Dr. Risk joined Niagara University in 2009 after earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Maine. She was awarded a Canadian-U.S. Fulbright Fellow Award for the 2008-2009 academic year to study at the University of New Brunswick. Among the courses she teaches at NU is an offering in public history, which gives history students an opportunity to explore career options in museums and archives. She also supervises the history department’s internship program and serves as director of the public history and women’s studies minors.