Tony Field

Before launching Bunk in 2016, Tony was the founding senior producer of BackStory, where he helped pioneer new approaches to bridging scholarship and storytelling. He has also produced many other public radio shows and podcasts, including NPR's On the Media, Radiolab, and Slate’s Amicus. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Digital Archive Coordinator

Kathryn Ostrofsky

Kathryn holds a PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania and a MLIS from Simmons University. Before joining Bunk in 2021, she taught at Angelo State University and Clark University, and managed the Dedham Historical Society’s archives and library. Kathryn is committed to fostering collaboration between scholars and archivists, and mobilizing digital technologies to make humanities resources more widely accessible.

Student Archive Assistants

The metadata powering Bunk is the product of daily labor by a group of student workers at the University of Richmond. That group currently includes:

  • Maya Casillas - Maya is a junior majoring in History and Arabic Studies. She is passionate about the connections between intellectual history and contemporary experience, and enjoys reading about American cultures, ideologies, and resistance.
  • Janis Parker - Janis graduated in May 2023, with a double-major in History and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. This fall, she’ll be entering a public history MA program at Villanova University.
  • Isabel Bernieri
  • Sofi Conway
  • Courtney Ford

Since 2017, the following student workers have also contributed to the project: Abdulghaffah Abiru, Ellie Alcorn, Callie Anderson, Nat Berry, Jason Cai, Kayla DeAlto, Ryan Doherty, Westen Doran, Dave Fishman, Carlos Fraga, Sam Garrison, Dominique Harrington, Alexis Hills, Kayra Isyar, Mallory Haskins, Charlotte Hawkins, Joanna Hejl, Lauren Isley, Brandon Johnson, Gabby Kiser, Jackie Llanos Hernandez, Ryan McEvoy, Meghna Melkote, Hunter Moyler, Kristi Mukk, Flannery O’Rourke, Madeleine Philips, Parker Phillips, Colin Pohlman, Benjamin Pomerantz, Ben Reilman, Matt Rooney, Miranda Rosenblum, Patrick Sawyer, Tucker Shelley, Virginia Sun, Claire Tate, and Savannah Wilson.

Bunk is a founding partner of New American History, a University of Richmond-based educational initiative that synthesizes innovative public-facing digital history content for K-12 teachers and students.

Executive Director, New American History

Edward Ayers

For the past four decades, Ed has tried to find new ways to connect people with the American past. He was named National Professor of the Year, received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama, won the Bancroft Prize and Lincoln Prize for his writing, was recognized for his contributions to teaching by the American Historical Association, and served as president of the Organization of American Historians. He was a co-host of the podcast BackStory, and is university professor and president emeritus at the University of Richmond.

Director of Education & Outreach, New American History

Annie Evans

Annie has spent over half her life teaching history, civics, and geography in Virginia public schools. With New American History, she collaborates with a network of educators across the country to create learning resources to inspire the next generation of educators, public historians, and community leaders. She also serves as co-coordinator of the Virginia Geographic Alliance and is a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow and Certified Educator.

Bunk was designed and built by Journey Group.