THS Staff

Ann Toplovich

Ann Toplovich is the executive director of the Tennessee Historical Society, a post she has held since 1990. Trained as an archaeologist, her career in public history has included stints as director of the Tennessee Main Street Program, deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, and Assistant Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Conservation. She has directed NEH and state humanities projects, served as a consultant on research projects, published articles, and appeared on PBS, CNN, and History Channel productions. She currently serves on the Tennessee Public Records Commission, the board of the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, and is an advisor to the Tennessee Great War Commission. She recently completed terms as an officer of the American Association for State and Local History and as commissioner for the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and the Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. She now looks forward to more peacefulcommemorations such as the centennial of the 19th Amendment in 2020, when Tennessee became the final state needed to give the vote to women.A native of Watertown, Toplovich lives in a National Register historic district near downtown Nashville with her husband, an environmental scientist, and their son.

Jennifer C. Core

Jennifer Core is Director of Membership and Programs and the State Coordinator of Tennessee History Day. Core is a folklorist and educator by training with masters degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Indiana University, Bloomington. She has previously held positions at the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Grand Ole Opry archives. She is co-founder and director of the Tennessee Sampler Survey, a not-for-profit devoted to documenting Tennessee’s needlework heritage. Her previous areas of research have included Tennessee outsider and folk art, Middle Tennessee baskets, and West Tennessee Choctaw crafts. As a folklorist specializing in historical ethnography and material culture, she combines methodology from the fields of folklore and history. Core is a former classroom teacher, a native of Knoxville, a resident of Nashville since 2001, and a proud Volunteer.

Kristofer Ray, Ph.D.Editor, Tennessee Historical Quarterly

Kristofer Ray became senior editor of the Tennessee Historical Quarterly in 2010. In this capacity he recruits authors to write articles for the THQ, reviews submitted manuscripts, and works with the editorial advisory board to provide guidance to authors whose work has been accepted. His research focuses on early historic period North America generally, and on the Native South in particular. His first book, Middle Tennessee, 1775-1825: Progress and Popular Democracy on the Southwestern Frontier, was published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2007. In 2015 UT Press also published a collection of essays he edited, titled Before the Volunteer State: New Thoughts on Early Tennessee History, 1540-1800. His current manuscript, Cherokees, Europeans, and Empire in the Trans-Appalachian West, 1670-1774, is under contract at the University of Oklahoma Press.Ray holds a BA from Baylor University (1994) and a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2003).