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LALH Staff

ROBIN KARSON, HON. ASLA, is the founder and executive director of LALH and the author of more than one hundred articles and several books on American landscape history, including (as coeditor) Warren H. Manning, Landscape Architect and Environmental Planner;  A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era; Fletcher Steele, Landscape Architect; The Muses of Gwinn, and the new introduction to the LALH revised edition of Fletcher Steele’s Design in the Little Garden. Her work has been recognized with awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Foundation for Landscape Studies, the American Horticultural Society, and the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art. In addition, she has organized several touring exhibitions for LALH on topics relating to American landscape history. In 2004, Karson was named a distinguished member of the Honor Society of Sigma Lambda Alpha for her “continued high-quality contribution to the scholarship of landscape architecture and the literature of landscape architecture history.” In 2017, she was made an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

JONATHAN LIPPINCOTT, LALH assistant director, studied studio art and art history at Swarthmore College and after graduating in 1989, worked at Yale University Art Gallery as an art handler. In 1993, he moved to New York City to begin a career in publishing and a year later joined Farrar, Straus and Giroux, where he is now design manager. Since 2000, he has also worked independently as art director and designer on a range of illustrated books about architecture, landscape, and fine art, including LALH publications. Lippincott writes about art for The Paris Review Daily, On-Verge, and Tether: A Journal of Art, Literature, and Culture and has curated shows including the eightieth anniversary exhibition for American Abstract Artists.  He is the author of two books: Robert Murray: Sculpture and Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s.

SARAH ALLABACK, LALH senior manuscript editor, previously worked as an historian and editor for the Historic American Buildings Survey and the Historic American Engineering Record, a consultant for the National Park Service, and the publications manager at Monticello. She is the author of The First American Women Architects, Mission 66 Visitor Centers: The History of a Building Type, and several articles and book chapters on nineteenth-century American design education for women and architectural history writing. She is a coeditor of Warren H. Manning, Landscape Architect and Environmental Planner and a coeditor of the LALH series Masters of Modern Landscape Design. Allaback has an undergraduate degree in architectural history from Princeton University and a PhD in architectural history, theory, and criticism from MIT.

CAROL BETSCH, LALH managing editor, graduated from Barnard College with a degree in art history, specializing in nineteenth-century American painting and photography. After working as a researcher at Art in America, she began her career as a copyeditor at Viking Press and two decades of freelance editing for Harry N. Abrams in 1974. In 1980, she moved into scholarly publishing at Cornell University Press, which she left as senior manuscript editor in 1999 to join the University of Massachusetts Press as managing editor. Her parallel career as a landscape and garden photographer led to her collaborations with Robin Karson and LALH. She retired from UMass Press and joined the LALH staff in 2017.

NEIL BRIGHAM, LALH office manager, joined the staff as administrative and research assistant in 2005. Graduating from the University of Massachusetts in 1983 with a BS in psychology, he later gained more than ten years of administrative and managerial experience as the assistant director of the Umass Child Care Program. He has also pursued a career as a freelance illustrator, earning an MA in illustration from Syracuse University in 2003. His work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators in New York City, as well as the Society of Illustrators – Los Angeles.