Meet Our Current Journal Contributors


Jonathan A. Hanna

Jonathan A. Hanna was born in Los Angeles, CA, and reared in Los Angeles, Baltimore County, and Greater Boston. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at the Claremont Graduate University. His principal areas of research include colonial and early national American political and intellectual history, the history of the American South, and modern European 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.

Daniel A. Gagnon

Daniel A. Gagnon teaches history at Rockport High School in Rockport, Massachusetts. He studied History and French at Providence College, and received a masters degree in History from Boston College. A life-long resident of Danvers, Mass. (formerly known as Salem Village) he has long had an interest in the 1692 Witch-Hunt. For over a decade he has been involved with the Rebecca Nurse Homestead Museum, the only home of a victim of the witch-hunt open to the public, and he now serves on the museum's board of directors. In addition to his ongoing research on the victims of the 1692 Witch-Hunt, he writes a series of local history articles for the Danvers Herald which can also be found on his blog along with other Danvers and Salem Village historical resources.

Duncan Wood

Duncan Wood teaches history at Newton North High School and lives in Roslindale Massachusetts with his wife and daughter. Mr. Wood's son is Chef Colton Coburn-Wood of Lower Mills Tavern and Yellow Door Taqueria in the Lower Mills neighborhood of Dorchester.

Craig Perrier

Craig Perrier is the High School Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction Specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools in Fairfax, VA. He also is an an online adjunct professor of history and education for Northeastern University and the teacher certification program Educate VA .  Previously, he taught at American Schools in Brazil for six years and for six years in public schools in Massachusetts. After leaving the classroom, Craig was the Coordinator for Curriculum and Instruction for Social Studies and History at Virtual High School and then the PK-12 Social Studies Coordinator for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools.  He has consulted on global education for IREX, IIE, iEARN, The Global Campaign for Education and the U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian. In addition, Craig has a M.A. in Global History  and M.Ed in Secondary Education.  He maintains a blog “The Global, History Educator” and is the creator of the free online teacher resource "U.S. History in a Global Context." You can follow him on twitter @CraigPerrier.

Torrey Trust, Ph.D.

Torrey is an assistant professor of Learning Technology in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is the co-coordinator of the Learning, Media and Technology master degree program. Her research and teaching focus on how technology can support teachers in designing contexts that enhance student learning. Dr. Trust is the current president of the Teacher Education Network for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) (2016-2018). She has received the 2016 ISTE Online Learning Network Award, 2017 Outstanding Research Paper Award for the Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 2017 AERA SIG-IT Best Paper Award, 2017 ISTE Emerging Leader Award, and the 2017 Association for Educational Communication & Technology Division of Distance Learning Crystal Award (2nd Place).

Robert W. Maloy, Ed.D.

Robert is a senior lecturer in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he coordinates the history and political science teacher education programs. His research focuses on technology and educational change, teacher education, democratic teaching, and student learning. He is coauthor of seven books, most recently: Transforming Learning with New Technologies: Third Edition (Pearson, 2017) and We, the Students and Teachers: Teaching Democratically in the History and Social Studies Classroom (State University of New York Press, 2015). Robert has received a University of Massachusetts Amherst Distinguished Teaching Award (2010), the University of Massachusetts President’s Award for Public Service (2010), a School of Education Outstanding Teacher Award (2004), a University Distinguished Academic Outreach Award (2004), and the Chancellor’s Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Community Service (1998 and 1993).

Rep. Josh S. Cutler

Josh S. Cutler currently serves as a state legislator for the Sixth Plymouth District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He is in his third term and is vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Community Development & Small Business. Prior to being elected to the legislature, Josh was a newspaper editor and publisher for a third-generation family business. He also founded the Whitman-Hanson Express newspapers. Josh is a graduate of Skidmore College (B.A.), Suffolk Law (J.D.) and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (M.P.P. in Environmental Policy). He was named a Fellow at the Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy by the Council of State Governments in 2013. Josh is also an attorney and partner at the law firm of Coletta & Cutler. When he’s not hot on the trail of 19th century Federalist agitators, he enjoys photography, traveling, hiking and spending time with his two children.

John Soares

John Soares teaches history at the University of Notre Dame, where he also serves as captain of the ND Faculty-Staff hockey team in the South Bend Senior Hockey League. His work on Cold War hockey has appeared in such venues as The Journal of Sport History, the International Journal of the History of Sport, Diplomatic History; Cold War International History Project Working Paper 68; and the anthologies Sport and the Transformation of Modern Europe (Routledge), and Diplomatic Games (Kentucky). His interest in hockey dates to childhood: his father coached the Brown University varsity team and scouted for the NHL’s St. Louis Blues in the 1970s, and built the team at Roger Williams College into Eastern small college (NAIA) champions in the 1980s.

Joseph Carvalho III

Joseph Carvalho III, M.A., M.L.S.,  C.G.R.S., and Certified Archivist, born Aug. 28, 1953 In Kinston, North Carolina. Graduate of Westfield State University ( B.A. 1975); College of William & Mary (M.A. 1977); University of Rhode Island (M.L.S., 1984). He is currently the Co-Editor of the (Springfield) Republican newspaper's Ethnic Heritage Book Series, and retired President and Executive Director (1994–2010) of the Springfield Museums in Springfield, Massachusetts. Author of Black Families in Hampden County, Massachusetts: 1650-1865 published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society in 2011. He served as Associate Editor of the Historical Journal of Massachusetts (1978–2003), and as the Book Review Editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (1987–1996). In 1996, Joe received the National Award for Advancing Genealogical Research Publications from the National Genealogical Society. He is the author of numerous articles in historical and genealogical journals, and he co-edited reference works such as The Guide to the History of Massachusetts (1988), Dictionary of American Medical Biography (1985), and Labor in Massachusetts: Selected Essays (1990).

Andrew P. Minigan

Andrew P. Minigan is The Right Question Institute's (RQI) Director of Strategy, Education Program. As a part of his work with RQI, he is leading the Sir John Templeton Foundation  funded Million Classrooms Campaign. The campaign aims to ensure that the Question Formulation Technique is used to nurture student curiosity and to develop students’ critical thinking skills in a million classrooms by the year 2020. Andrew has designed empirical studies and has published in the field of developmental psychology and education. His work has been featured in the Library of Congress, Education Week, Educational Leadership, and Memory. In addition to his work on how children learn to ask and use their own questions, he has studied theory of mind and autobiographical memory. He conferred an Ed.M. in Human Development & Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire where he was also a Fellow in the College of Liberal Arts. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewRQI

Joshua Beer

Joshua Beer is a Social Studies Teacher at Fall  Mountain Regional High School, in Langdon, New Hampshire.  Joshua teaches World History, Contemporary Issues, and Freshman Honors Seminar and the Question Formulation Technique is frequently used in all of his classrooms.  In 2011 he discovered the QFT in the Harvard Education Letter and has been a devoted user and promoter of the QFT ever since.  Joshua’s work has been featured in the Library of Congress, Education Leadership, and in various conferences and classrooms throughout New Hampshire including the NEA-NH Spring Instructional Conference and New Hampshire’s Department of Education Educator Summer Summit.  He conferred an M.A. in History and Graduate Teacher Certificate from the University of New Hampshire and a B.A. in History from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.

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Meet Our Past Journal Contributors


Katherine Allocco, Jessie Britton, Amanda O'Boy, & Andrew Vince

Katherine Allocco is an associate professor of History and Chair of the Women's Studies Program at Western Connecticut State University. She works on politics and gender in fourteenth century England.

Casey Jakubowski

Casey Jakubowski is an experienced social studies and history education professional development specialist. Casey is finishing his dissertation on rural schools at SUNY Albany. He has served as the New York State Education Department social studies content specialist, school improvement specialist, and a member of the Genesee Valley ASCD Board of Directors. Casey is interested in rural education, social studies education, and educational mentoring.

David Reamer

David Reamer grew up in Greenville, Mississippi and received his B.A. in history in 2015 from the University of Alaska Anchorage--where he is currently a graduate student. David specializes in the histories of Alaska, baseball, and social welfare policies. He believes in the incorporation of ethnographic material with traditional methods of research so as to best illuminate the context of marginalized populations. It is his belief that the best usage of history as a discipline is the exposure of power imbalances and the documentation of lives lived with reduced access to mainstream society, culture, and/or politics. He also enjoys watching baseball, all things Star Wars, and being attacked by his cat Molly.

Susan J. Stanfield

Daniel Tirre

Daniel Tirre earned his BA in History from Sonoma State University and recently earned his MA from San Francisco State University, where he focused on Early American history. He will begin working towards his Single Subject Teaching credential at Sacramento State University in the Fall semester of 2017. Daniel continues to study colonial era newspapers and their use as a source on popular belief, which is leading to a book length project tentatively titled "Belief on the Front Page: Colonial American Newspapers and Popular Belief." Daniel will be applying to doctoral programs for Fall 2018.  In his spare time, he volunteers as a researcher at the El Dorado County Historical Museum, where he assists with requests for local family and land history, as well as a presentation on El Dorado County Elections that was presented at 2016 Sacramento archives crawl.  Daniel lives in Placerville, California with his wife Carissa and dog Maggie.

Christoph Strobel & Robert Forrant

Christoph Strobel and Robert Forrant have collaboratively researched the history of ethnicity in Lowell for almost a decade. They are co-authors of Ethnicity in Lowell: Ethnographic Overview and Assessment (Boston: Northeast Region Ethnography Program, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, 2011), and co-editors of The Big Move: Immigrant Voices from a Mill City. Most recently, Christoph is the author of the Global Atlantic, and Bob of Metal Fatigue. Both teach in the History Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Jeffrey A. Skillings

Jeff Skillings has taught literature, writing and United States History courses at Dean College, where his is an Assistant Professor of English, for 34 years. His professional and personal interests concern American literature, baseball, and United States history. He is especially interested in and focused on the Civil War era and the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln. This paper is a further development of a lecture he gave at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts on the writings of Abraham Lincoln.

P. Bradley Nutting

Dr. Mia Lynn Mercurio & McKenna Mercurio Morse

Dr. Mia Lynn Mercurio is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education and Reading at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT. She teaches both pre-service and in-service teachers and her area of research is in content area interdisciplinary design and instruction through the use of historical events.


McKenna Mercurio Morse is ten years old and a fourth grade student at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, Connecticut. She is an avid reader and writer of historical non-fiction and a history mystery detective. She aspires to be a professor of early childhood literacy focusing on the connection between literacy and history.

Catherine E. Shaw

Catherine Shaw grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts and lives nearby on the South Shore. She received her B.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2012, and is currently completing her M.A. in History as well as her M.A. in English at the same university. Catherine specializes in local history and public history, and has worked for the National Park Service, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and the Commonwealth Museum at the Massachusetts Archives. She believes the best use of her research and writing is to examine the experiences of those who have gone unheard or been omitted from the traditional historical record. As an animal welfare activist, Catherine is concerned with animal studies in general and has most recently been researching the history of the animal rights movement, animal welfare legislative history, and animals in literature. In her free time, Catherine enjoys visiting farm animal sanctuaries, attending Umphrey’s McGee concerts, and traveling.

Kristy A. Brugar

Dr. Kristy A. Brugar received her B.A. in history from the University of Michigan, M.Ed. in Secondary Education from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy from Michigan State University.  Currently, Dr. Brugar is an assistant professor, social studies education, at the University of Oklahoma where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary and secondary social studies education.  Prior to working at the university-level, she was a middle school social studies/history teacher for over a decade in Maryland and Michigan. Currently, Brugar is a member of the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA)  - National Council for the Social Studies Executive Board; member of the Carter G. Woodson Book Award Committee; board member of the Oklahoma Council for History Education; and the Secretary/Treasurer (2015-2016) for the American Education Research Association, Social Studies Research Special Interest Group. Previously, she has served as the Nominations/Elections Chair (2013-2014) for the American Education Research Association, Social Studies Research Special Interest Group, member and chair of the National Council for the Social Studies Notable Book Committee (2012-2014), and as a reviewer for the journals such as Current Issues in Education, Middle School Journal, and the Journal of Teacher Education.  Brugar’s research focuses on social studies and history education, interdisciplinary instruction involving social studies, literacy, and visual arts/materials, and teacher development.  Her work has been published in Theory and Research in Social Education, Social Studies Research and Practice, The History Teacher, The Social Studies, and Social Studies and the Young Learner. Dr. Brugar lives in Norman, OK and she enjoys traveling, reading, running, and spending time with her husband, John, and dog, Finn.

Debra A. Mulligan

Debra A. Mulligan received a Bachelor of Arts from Rhode Island College in 1982, a Masters Degree in History from Providence College in 1986, and a Ph.D. from PC in 1997.  She has been teaching a wide variety of courses in East Asian, American, and European history at Roger Williams University since first arriving on campus in 2001.


Her publications include an article in the Massachusetts Journal of History, several informational articles for Salem Press’s Encyclopedia series [published from 2009-2011], and two book chapters, the first, “” as part of a two-volume series, The Cultural History of Reading, (Greenwood Press, 2008), and the more recently, “’Soul Libertie’ versus the Sons and Daughters of Eire:  The Irish Catholic Immigrant in Rhode Island,” in Decentering Discussions on Religion and State, edited by Sargon George Donabed and Autumn Quezada-Grant (Lexington, 2015).   She is currently under contract with McFarland Press [2016] for completion of a biography on the life of former Rhode Island Governor (1941-1945) and United States Attorney General (1949-1952) James Howard McGrath. 


Her service at Roger Williams University has been varied, but she has been most active in two capacities; as faculty advisor for Phi Alpha Theta [2001- present], and as Co-Director of the East Asian Studies Title VI Department of Education grant [2009-2012], awarded to the university in 2009.   Presently, she acts as coordinator for East Asian Area Studies.

Joseph Harrington

Joseph Harrington received his BS in History and Education in 1960 from Boston College,  his Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 1971, and retired as Professor Emeritus at Framingham State

University in 2014. Over the past 47 years, he has taught courses involving American foreign policy, has published seven books and 45 articles in national and foreign journals, and has presented more than 50 papers at historical conferences and at the State Department. Foreign Affairs journal described his work Tweaking the Nose of the Russians: Fifty Years of American-Romanian Relations, 1940-1990  as the “sole substantial scholarly work on America’s relations with Romania and it is not likely to be displaced.” The 591 page work was translated into Romanian by the Institutul European.  He followed up the work with a volume on American-Romanian Relations, 1989-2004: From Pariah to Partner. His most recent publications include a two volume work Conflicted Giant, American Foreign Policy, 1945-2012, a “citty upon a hill” and Realpolitik published in 2013, followed in  2015 by From Enemy to Ally, Sino-American Relations, 1952-1979, Washington Recognizes “Red China”. Both works are available at Joe has also a blog on American Foreign Policy: and you may comment via Joe is also on Facebook. He has two children, four grandchildren, and his roommate, Katie, a Golden Retriever.

Charles H. Lagerbom

Charles H. Lagerbom received a B.A. in History from Kansas State University and M.A. in History and Archaeology from the University of Maine. He spent two field seasons in the Antarctic Dry Valleys in the 1990s with a glacial geology research team from the University of Maine Quaternary Institute, now Climate Change Institute. He is author of the polar biography The Fifth Man: The Life of H.R. Bowers, published by Caedmon of Whitby (1999), about Henry Bowers who accompanied Captain Robert Scott to the South Pole on the Terra Nova Expedition 1910-1913. Charles has an extensive polar library of 3500+ titles and frequently lectures and makes presentations on the history, life, politics and science of the Arctic and Antarctic, including aboard cruise/expedition ships. He is immediate past President of the Antarctican Society and current Membership Chair for the American Polar Society. He holds memberships in the New Zealand Antarctic Society, the James Caird Society, and Friends of Peary's Eagle Island. Charles is a lifetime member of the American Polar Society, the Old Antarctic Explorer's Association and the Frederick Cook Society. He can be reached at the link below.

Bernard R. Trubowitz

Bernard Rosenthal Trubowitz began working in the museum field as a teenager, from volunteer work at small sites to five years with the National Park Service and Student Conservation Association.  He currently works as an interpreter at Boston’s Old North Church, a historic (pre)revolutionary site in Boston. He specializes in the study of the Industrial Revolution, both the physical mechanization and the associated economic growth and social changes. He has been involved with the Lawrence, MA, “Bread & Roses” labor history festival and the Lawrence History Center. As a student at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, he majored in History, with a minor in Work, Labor, and Society. Through the university he became further involved in Lawrence and industrial history, producing a research video used as part of an educational program with the Lawrence Public Library and local high schools. His most recent research on the Essex County Jail Records is an extension of this original research. At Lowell he earned numerous academic awards and membership to several national honor societies, including Phi Alpha Theta, through which he first presented his research during the 2014 regional conference. He lives in Andover, Massachusetts and enjoys working at several sites as a costumed period interpreter and working with historic steam and early electrical equipment. Bernard will graduate in May of 2015, and plans to pursue a Master’s degree and PhD.

John Murnane

John Murnane began teaching history at Worcester Academy in 1996. He has a B.A. from Salem State College, an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. from Clark University. Dr. Murnane is also a part-time Instructor of History at Fitchburg State College and an AP consultant and reader for the College Board in World History. He has published articles in the New England Regional World History Association Newsletter, The History Teacher, World History Connected,  All About Jazz and the Jazz Times. Dr. Murnane also co-presented a workshop at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) conference in Boston in March, 2006, called “From Meat and Potatoes to a 21st Century Curriculum,” which looked at and contextualized the major changes involving Worcester Academy’s curriculum over a ten year period. Dr. Murnane served as the Arts and Humanities Curriculum Coordinator at Worcester Academy for two years (2004-6), Chair of the History and Social Sciences department (2006-10), and Director of Academic Programs (2010-2014). Dr. Murnane served in the U.S. Air Force, 1984-88.  He lives in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts with his wife and three sons. He plays the saxophone and the clarinet.

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