Associate Editor S. N. “JR” Johnson-Roehr has worked at Sky & Telescope since August 2014. Her favored scopes are her 130-mm and her 10-inch reflectors, but since moving to Massachusetts, she's been doing a great deal of binocular observing as well. She tends to travels with a 90-mm Maksutov-Cassegrain.
JR has been skywatching since she was 12. Her parents helped her buy her first telescope, a 10-inch Newtonian reflector on an equatorial mount, when she was 14. Complementary interests in astronomy and architecture eventually led her to a graduate program at University of Illinois, where she completed a doctoral dissertation on early modern astronomical observatories in India.
Before coming to Sky & Telescope, JR held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Rutgers University and an ACLS New Faculty Fellowship at University of Virginia. She also served as Field Editor in South Asian Studies for Dissertation Reviews. She comments occasionally on the history of astronomy and architecture at her website, Observatories and Instruments, and tweets regularly @DocJuniorST. Look for her chapter on Indian observatories in the Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy (Springer, 2015).