Vicki Buchanio Earls
Vicki Buchanio Earls is a library professional, local historian, and genealogist who has served the historic Franklin Public Library in Franklin, MA for almost 40 years. Both in her role as Reference Librarian, and as a personal passion, she is dedicated to the preservation of the library’s historic records, its Ray Memorial building, and above all the collection of books donated to the town by Benjamin Franklin. Vicki has shared her knowledge of library history widely, through interviews on PBS as well as network television and radio. She resides in Franklin with her husband, a writer, and one very stubborn ginger cat.
"What's in A Name? Benjamin Franklin and the Birth of a New Town in Revolutionary America," Volume 79, Issue 2, Spring 2023
Rebecca A. Corso
Dr. Rebecca Corso is an Assistant Professor of Education at Stonehill College in Easton, MA. With almost 10 years of classroom teaching experience, she utilizes pedagogical theory and practical knowledge to cultivate supportive, impactful, and student-centered learning environments. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College in Secondary Education and History, a Master of Arts in Teaching and Foundations from Fairfield University, and a Doctor of Education in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Leadership from Northeastern University. Through her classroom teaching, research, and advocacy work, she seeks to upend harmful and exclusionary traditional narratives of American history in favor of a more inclusive and holistic picture of the past. When not in the classroom, Dr. Corso can be found skiing, cooking, or at home on Cape Cod with her husband, playing with their Bernese Mountain dog, Dennis.
"Anti-Racism in High School Social Studies Classrooms: Cultivating a More Inclusive Narrative of U.S. History," Volume 79, Issue 1, Fall 2022
Jonathan A. Hanna
Jonathan A. Hanna was born in Los Angeles, CA, and reared in Los Angeles, Baltimore County, and Greater Boston. He earned the Ph.D. in American history from the Claremont Graduate University. His principal areas of research include early national American political and intellectual history, the history of the American South, and early modern/modern European political thought and American political thought. His work has been supported by the North Caroliniana Society, the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina, and the Maryland Historical Society. He defended his dissertation, “Friends of Order: The Southern Federalist Persuasion in the Age of Jeffersonian Democracy,” in August 2020. His forthcoming monograph, derived from his dissertation, is under consideration with a major university press.
"'A General Union of the Continent': John Adams, Niccolò Machiavelli, and the Origins of Adams’s Political Imagination," Volume 79, Issue 1, Fall 2022
"At the Vestibule of Puritan Mores: The Primacy of Utopian VIsions in Colonial New England," Volume 75/76, Issue 2/1, Spring/Fall 2019
Scott Kirshy earned a B.A. in History from Dean College in 2022. He is also the 2022 recipient of the New England History Teachers Association’s Vera Laska Award for excellence among history undergraduates.
"Music and the Vietnam War: A Clash Between the Pro-War Past and the New Anti-War Rebellion," Volume 79, Issue 2, Spring 2023
Barry J. Levy
Barry Levy is a Professor of Emeritus History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he taught Early American History. Inspired by brilliant teachers at Great Neck North Junior and Senior High Schools, he became a History major at Cornell University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. He received nine fellowships, including two at Harvard and one at The Institute for Advanced Study, and is a lifetime fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society. He is the author of ten articles and books: Quakers and the American Family: British Settlement in the Delaware Valley (Oxford University Press, 1991) and Town Born: The Political Economy of New England from its Origin to the Revolution (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014). Focusing on actual human experience, he currently studies the impact of New England settlers’ long history of organized violence on U.S. state formation and society.
"From Garrison Houses to Breed's Hill Redoubt: Settler Colonialism, Law, and Intergenerational Trauma in the Frontier Town of Groton, Massachusetts," Volume 79, Issue 1, Fall 2022
Dr. Gregory Michna has been at Arkansas Tech University since 2017 and has established himself as an innovative educator and researcher, recently accepting the role of Director of General Education for the university. Dr. Michna specializes in early American history with an emphasis on Native American history and religious studies. His work has been published in Church History – the leading journal for research in the history of Western Christianity – as well as Sermon Studies and the World History Bulletin. Dr. Michna brings innovative pedagogy to the classroom with the use of interactive roleplaying games and contemporary educational technology to help train future historians and Social Studies educators.
"Puritan Fatherhood and Childrearing in the Borderlands: The Early Life of Stephen Williams in Deerfield, Massachusetts, 1694-1704," Volume 79, Issue 2, Spring 2023
Lyle Nyberg is a lawyer turned historian. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston University School of Law. He has documented the history and architecture of more than 50 buildings in greater Boston and in the old seaside town of Scituate, Massachusetts. They are published in the state’s MACRIS online database. Lyle is a long-time member of the Scituate Historical Society, gives talks on historical topics, and runs a website with historical information. He is the author of several books, including Summer Suffragists (2020), On a Cliff (2021), and Seacoast Scituate By Air (2022).
"Sunnycroft: A Scituate Summer Estate," Volume 79, Issue 1, Fall 2022
Anna M. Peterson
Anna M. Peterson researches and teaches within the fields of immigration history, women’s and gender history, social history, and indigenous history with a geographic focus on Europe, Scandinavia, Norway, and the U.S. She maintains an active presence in the local and regional birth communities, where she practices as a doula and co-leads the Decorah Breastfeeding Support Group.
"The History and Future of Abortion in the United State," Volume 79, Issue 1, Fall 2022
Peter Wallenstein grew up in Weare, New Hampshire. After teaching in New York, Canada, Korea, Japan, and Guam, since 1983 he has been at Virginia Tech, where he is professor of history. His books include From Slave South to New South: Public Policy in Nineteenth-Century Georgia (1987), Tell the Court I Love My Wife: Race, Marriage, and Law—An American History (2002), and Cradle of America: A History of Virginia (2014).
"What 'Era of Good Feelings'? An Exploration of the Phrase's Lineage with a Reconsideration of Its Utility," Volume 79, Issue 2, Spring 2023