Our Editorial Team

Take a peek at the people behind the journal! Put names and faces together for The New England Journal of History's editorial staff and learn more about each of them through their brief biographies. 

Linda Morse


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 (a life-long fascination) at 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.  Linda first learned of The New England Journal of History when an article she submitted was published in the Spring of 2005.  After graduating from Providence College in the Spring of 2010, Linda's Master's thesis was also published in the journal in the Fall of 2011.  Linda has served as the editor of The New England Journal of History since the Spring of 2012 and is grateful to the overwhelming support in the publishing of this distinguished journal from her associate editors, family, and colleagues at the Foxborough Regional Charter School where she has taught a variety of history courses since 2006.  Linda and her husband Doug have 2 adult daughters of whom they are very proud and enjoy attending plays, visiting the Cape and pursuing their careers.

R.A. Lawson

Associate Editor

R. A. “Stovetop” Lawson (Ph.D., Vanderbilt, 2003), is an historian of twentieth century American culture. He is the author of Jim Crow's Counterculture: The Blues & Black Southerners, 1890-1945 (LSU Press, 2010) which won the Gulf South Historical Association's Thomason Prize for book of the year. His work has appeared in the prestigious New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture and in the journal, Southern Cultures. He is currently Professor of History at Dean College (Franklin, Mass.), where he also serves as the Director of the Honors Program.

David Dennis

Associate Editor

David Brandon Dennis joined the editorial board of the New England Journal of History in early 2014.  He has served as Associate Professor of History and Program Coordinator for Humanities at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts since earning his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University in 2011. He is the recipient of numerous research grants and fellowships from nationally and internationally recognized institutions, including the Fulbright Commission, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Historical Institute, and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. His research reassesses Modern German history in light of rising global interconnections since the mid-nineteenth century. Other historical fields of interest include maritime studies, gender, and Latin America. At present he is completing a social and cultural history of German seafaring in the age of empire tentatively entitled, Empire’s Prodigal Sons: Maritime Manhood, Citizenship, and Globalization in Wilhelmine Germany.

Erin Redihan

Associate Editor

Erin Redihan is a visiting lecturer of history at the College of General Studies, Boston University. She holds a Masters degree in history from Providence College and a Ph.D in history from Clark University. She specializes in twentieth century history, particularly British-American relations, World War II, and the Cold War.

Darra Mulderry

Associate Editor

Darra D. Mulderry holds an M.A. in historical studies from the New School for Social Research and a Ph.D. in American history from Brandeis University (2006). From 2006 to 2008 she served as lecturer and assistant director of undergraduate studies for the Degrees in Social Studies program at Harvard University. She is currently a visiting professor of history and associate director of the Center for Student Engagement at Providence College, Rhode Island, and specializes in modern intellectual history and U.S. political and religious history. Her articles on the history of U.S. Catholic sisters in the 20th century have appeared in Catholic Historical Review and American Catholic Studies, and she is currently working on a book about U.S. nuns and social-justice education in the postwar years.

Jeff Fortin

Associate Editor

Andrew Lay

Book Review Editor

Claire Shaw


Claire is a Wellesley alumna whom has worked as a technical copy editor/proofreader for Analog Devices in Norwood, MA. She edits articles appearing in the Portal, the newsletterof the Medfield Historical Society and has edited two books for Richard DeSorgher, Medfield Town Historian.

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