Growing up in Medfield, Massachusetts, marrying very young and living in various parts of America, Linda Morse persistently pursued an interrupted college education, culminating in an A.B. in anthropology from the University of Georgia in 1995. Linda then earned an M.Ed. at Framingham State University with a focus on American history and began her teaching career. After graduating with an M.A. in History from Providence College in 2010, her thesis was published in our Fall 2011 issue. The following year, Linda was invited to serve as editor of the New England Journal of History. She is grateful for the overwhelming support in this role from her associate editors, family, and colleagues at the Foxborough Regional Charter School where she has taught history since 2006. Linda and her husband Doug have two adult daughters of whom they are very proud and enjoy attending plays, visiting the Cape, and pursuing their careers.
R. A. Lawson (Ph.D., Vanderbilt, 2003) is a cultural historian who has written on musical, visual, and theatrical arts. His signature work is Jim Crow’s Counterculture: The Blues and Black Southerners, 1890-1945 (LSU Press), which won the Gulf South Historical Association’s Thomason Prize for book of the year in 2011. His most recent research and pedagogical projects explore the cultural history of medicine in the U.S.—work that was funded by the National Endowment of the Humanities. Lawson won the Hicks-Kennedy Award for service to the New England History Teachers Association for his role as associate editor at the New England Journal of History. He recently earned the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success for his contributions in and out of the classroom—the third pedagogical award of his career. He is professor of history and Director of the Honors Program at Dean College.
David Brandon Dennis
David Brandon Dennis (Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2011) studies European and German history using global and transnational approaches. Specifically, his areas of focus include masculinity history, maritime history, and the history of science. He has published in such venues as German History, Isis: A Journal of the History of Science Society, and The Blackwell Companion to German Cinema. Currently serving as professor of history and head of the Humanities Program at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts, he is the recipient of numerous research grants and fellowships, including a DAAD Fellowship, Fulbright Research Award, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
John Woitkowitz (Ph.D., University of Calgary, 2018) is a historian of science, knowledge, and diplomacy and a software developer. His research focuses on nineteenth and twentieth-century histories of exchange and knowledge transfer in the transatlantic world, specifically the polar regions. He has taught at universities in Canada and England, and completed a research associateship at the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge University. His work includes the field of digital history and the use of new technologies to communicate research findings and historical collections with the help of web-based solutions. As external consultant, John currently advises the SPK Lab of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz in Berlin in their efforts to develop a digital platform to make available the holdings and collections of its various institutions. John has published his research in academic journals, digital histories, scholarly blogs and news media outlets.
Darra D. Mulderry holds a Ph.D. in History of American Civilization from Brandeis University and an M.A. in Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research. She served as lecturer and assistant director of undergraduate studies for the Degrees in Social Studies program at Harvard University and is currently Associate Director of the Center for Engaged Learning and Adjunct Professor of History at Providence College. Darra specializes in modern intellectual history and U.S. political and religious history, and her articles on the history of U.S. Catholic sisters in the 20th century have appeared in Catholic Historical Review and American Catholic Studies. She is currently working on a book about U.S. nuns and social-justice education in the postwar years.
Robert Naeher (PhD, U.S. History, University of Connecticut) is currently a history instructor and AWAY Programs Coordinator at Emma Willard School, Troy, NY, where he has also served as Department Chair. Previously at The Master’s School, Simsbury, CT, he was both a history instructor and the Upper Division Director. He has worked with secondary school teachers and students in Russia and Mongolia as part of two different travel grants through the US State Department and the American Federation of Teachers. Published articles include those in the New England Journal of History and New York History. He has been awarded Emma Willard School’s Madelyn Levitt and Linda Glazer Toohey Award for Faculty Excellence. Areas of particular interest include American religious history, environmental history, and foreign policy.
Book Review Editor
Erin Redihan is a lecturer at Worcester State University and Director of the Princeton (MA) Public Library. She is the author of The Cold War and the Olympics, 1948-1968 (2017) and several articles on the intersection of sport and the Cold War. Erin reviews books and serves as a blind peer reviewer for Journal of Sport History, International Journal of the History of Sport, and other select publications. She holds an M.A. in history from Providence College (2010) and a Ph.D. in history from Clark University (2014). Erin specializes in twentieth century history, particularly the Cold War, modern Russia, and American foreign policy. Her current research centers on the waning years of the Cold War, including the ways that sports and the media reflected the changing relationship between the superpowers.
Tom Schnauber is a composer, writer, and editor who lives and works in New England. He has taught music at Emmanuel College and the New England Conservatory, as well as copyediting at Dean College. In addition to editing for The New England Journal of History, his current work includes serving as program editor for Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society and copyeditor for The Weekly Sentinel (Wells, ME). He holds a Ph.D. in Composition and Theory from the University of Michigan and has also worked as a translator of articles, poems, and books from German to English.
Claire Shaw is a Wellesley alumna who has worked as a technical copy editor/proofreader for Analog Devices in Norwood, MA. She edits articles appearing in Portal, the newsletter of the Medfield Historical Society and has edited two books for Richard DeSorgher, Medfield Town Historian.