Editorial Team

Meet Positionality‘s Editorial Team, comprised of current doctoral students in History at Michigan State University.


Anh_bio_headshotAnh Le has a BA (Honors) in Economics, History, and Chinese Studies from Wabash College and a MA with distinction from SUNY Buffalo. He is a historian in training of modern China and Southeast Asia at MSU with research interests in the overlapping areas of colonialism, diaspora, and global capitalism. His research explores the sociocultural history of Chinese migration to Cochinchina (Southern Vietnam) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with particular focuses on identity formation, commercial networks, legality, and colonial capitalism. He is unapologetically fascinated with Southern Vietnamese history (especially Saigon-Cholon) and its colonial past. He has won multiple awards from the department of history, the Asian studies center, the Vietnam studies group, and most recently the Percy Buchanan Prize in Southeast Asia from the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA). In addition to history, he enjoys cooking, long-distance trekking, and biking. Along with Amanda and Aaron, Anh is the co-founder, podcaster, and producer at Positionality. He tweets at @huyanhsyle. Email: leanh1 [at] msu [dot] edu



Aaron_bio_headshot2 copyAaron Luedtke holds a B.A. in History with Honors from Eastern Michigan University, and an M.A. in History from Lehigh University where his Thesis focused on memory and Virginia Baptists in the early republic.  He is a scholar of early American history broadly, and the indigenous Great Lakes more specifically.  Aaron is especially interested in exploring cultural continuity through memory in the Anishinaabeg peoples, particularly in regards to the Potawatomis during and after removal in the mid-nineteenth century.  Aaron recently completed a four-week intensive institute at the Newberry Library through the Newberry Consortium of American Indian Studies titled, “Writing Indigenous Histories.”  Through experiences such as this, Aaron seeks to utilize interdisciplinary methods and theories in his own research and writing.  Aaron is especially interested in applying memory theory as posited by Jan and Aleida Assmann to Native American history.  Aaron is also co-founder, podcaster, and producer at Positionality.  He can be emailed at luedtkea [at] msu [dot] edu




Amanda Lynn Haislip earned her B.A. in History with Honors alongside a minor in Computer Science from the University of Richmond in 2014. She is studying to be a US cultural and social historian focused on the late nineteenth century and twentieth century, with a particular focus on the history of mental health and psychiatry. She is also interested in the history of science and medicine broadly and transnational connections between the United States, Germany, and Austria. Her current project seeks to illuminate the intersection of psychiatric thought and institutions with ideas about food, diet, and health in the first half of the twentieth century through the lens of St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. Alongside her passion for history, Amanda enjoys sampling food and drink with friends, trying new recipes in the kitchen, exploring nature, and spending far too much time at local coffee shops. Along with Anh and Aaron, Amanda is a co-founder, podcaster, and producer at Positionality. She is also the web administrator for the Positionality website. Email her at: haislipa [at] msu [dot] edu