YEAR 1 2006-2007

Robert J. Allison, Ph.D., Suffolk University

Robert J. Allison is chair of the History Department at Suffolk University and director of the American Studies program. He earned his Ph.D. in the History of American Civilizations at Harvard University. He has written The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World 1776-1815, A Short History of Boston, and Stephen Decatur: American Naval Hero, and has edited several other books. In March 2007, Dr. Allison presented his latest book, The Boston Massacre, as the kick-off event honoring the 237th anniversary of the Boston Massacre. Dr. Allison also teaches at Harvard's Extension School, where he received the Petra Shattuck Distinguished Teaching Award. He serves on the advisory council to the Boston History Collaborative, on the board of overseers of the U.S.S. Constitution Museum, and is a member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, the South Boston Hsitorical Society, the Bostonian Society, and the Castle Island Association.

Kenneth S. Greenberg, Ph.D., Suffolk University

Kenneth S. Greenberg received his B.A. from Cornell University, his M.A. from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He was appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in March 2004. He received
his first appointment as Assistant Professor of History at Suffolk University in 1978 and later became Associate Dean of the College, Department Chair of the History and Philosophy Departments, and Distinguished Professor of History. Professor Greenberg is a nationally acclaimed author of books published by Princeton, Oxford, Johns Hopkins and St. Martins. These include Nat Turner: A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory (2003), Honor and Slavery: Lies, Duels, Noses, Masks, Dressing as a Woman, Gifts, Strangers, Humanitarianism, Death, Slave Rebellions, the Proslavery Argument, Baseball, Hunting and Gambling in the Old South (1996; paperback edition, 1997), The Confessions of Nat Turner and Related Documents (1996), and Masters and Statesmen: The Political Culture of American Slavery (1985; paperback edition, 1988).

He is also the Co-Producer, Co-Writer, and Historian for the Documentary Film "Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property" (2001), aired nationally on PBS. Dean Greenberg is a winner of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard Law School, the Charles Warren Center at Harvard, the W.E.B. DuBois Center at Harvard, the Southern Humanities Media Fund, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and numerous other funding organizations.

Louis P. Masur, Ph.D., Trinity College

Louis P. Masur received his B.A from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his M.A. and Ph D. from Princeton University. His publications include Rites of Execution: Capital Punishment and the Transformation of American Culture, 1776-1865, 1831: Year of Eclipse, and Autumn Glory: Baseball’s First World Series. His articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals including the New England Quarterly, Journal of American Studies, and Journal of American History. He has also published essays and reviews in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Chronicle of Higher Education. Since 1998, he has served as editor of Reviews in American History. In 2003, he was elected to membership in the American Antiquarian Society, and in 2005 he was elected a fellow of the Society of American Historians. He has received fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Mellon Foundation, and he has twice received awards for excellence in teaching. He teaches courses in American cultural history, legal history, visual culture, and, next year, will introduce a course on the poetics of rock ‘n’ roll.

Burt Logan, U.S.S. Constitution Museum

Burt Logan has served as Executive Director of the U.S.S. Constitution Museum since September 1995. A former Officer of the United States Army, Mr. Logan holds an M.A. in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and a B.S. from the United States Military Academy, West Point. Prior to coming to Boston, Mr. Logan was Director of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum for ten years. He is also a former President of both the Council of American Maritime Museums and the Association for Great Lakes Maritimes History.

Edward Widmer, Ph.D., Brown University

Edward Widmer is Director of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, one of America's premier centers for research into early American history. Between 2001 and 2006 he was the inaugural director of the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College. He is the author of Martin Van Buren (2005), Campaigns: A Century of Presidential Races (with Alan Brinkley, 2001), and Young America: The Flowering of Democracy in New York City (1999). He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The New York Observer, and The American Scholar.

Between 1997 and 2001 he was a foreign policy speechwriter and senior adviser to President Clinton. Previously he taught at Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D., A.M. and A.B. degrees.

Susan Goganian, The Bostonian Society

Susan Goganian was the Education Director at The Bostonian Society from 1996 to 2007, and was responsible for all operations and visitor services for the Old State House in Boston. She was also the Director of Education and Public Programs at the Society, responsible for programs on school programming, teacher training, public lectures, and special events. In addition to her responsibilities for the Society, Ms. Goganian has organized oral history projects for the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Moakley Archive at Suffolk University Law School, and has taught public history courses at Northeastern University. She has a M.A. in public history from Northeastern University and a B.S. in business administration from the University of Maine.

Patricia Reeve, Ph.D., Suffolk University

Pat Reeve, Assistant Professor of history at Suffolk University, is the former Director of the Labor Resource Center at the University of Massachusetts Boston, offering academic, research, and extensive programs. As Director, she contributed to a wide range of community and university programs focused on public policymaking affecting working people and their families, promoting public awareness of Massachusetts labor history, and providing labor education. Before teaching at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Ms. Reeve worked as a program coordinator at the Massachusetts Coalition of Arts Organizations. She is also the former Director of the Boston Chapter 9 to 5 Organization for Working Women.

Robert Bellinger, Ph.D., Suffolk University

Robert Bellinger is an Associate Professor at Suffolk University and is the director of the Collection of African American Literature and the Black Studies program. His research interests include the late 19th century African American history, West African History and Culture, and West African drum traditions. In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Bellinger is also involved in training student teachers to teach history in the middle and secondary schools, working on the inclusion of African and African diasporan history and culture into school and university curriculums, and working with the student abroad programs that provide students an international, cross-cultural enhancement of their academic work. He received his Ph.D. from Boston College, his Ed.M. from Harvard University, and his B.A. from Amherst College.

Malinda Maynor Lowery, Ph.D., Harvard University

Malinda Maynor Lowery is an assistant professor of history at Harvard University. She holds a Ph.D. in History from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her research concerns Native American identity and politics in the late 19th and 20th centuries in North Carolina. She has published articles about migration and identity, school desegregation, and religious music in books and journals such as American Indian Culture and Research Journal (2005), Southern Cultures (2004), and Confounding the Color Line: Indian-Black Relations in a Multidisciplinary Perspectives (2002). Lowery has produced three documentary films about Native American issues, including the award-winning In the Light of Reverence, which aired on PBS in 2001 to over three million people and in 2005 won the Henry Hampton Award for social change documentary from the Council on Foundations. Her two previous films, Real Indian and Sounds of Faith, both concern Lumbee identity and culture. They have been shown nationwide in classrooms, at conferences, and at film festivals including the 1997 amd 1998 Sundance Film Festival. In 1997, Real Indian won the Best Short Documentary Award at the prestigious South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Dr. Lowery has also been an adjunct professor in American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University, a lecturer at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and a lecturer in the History Department at North Carolina State University. She has a bachelor's degree in History and Literature from Harvard University and a master's degree in Documentary Film Production from Stanford.

2006 | 2007 | 2008 FAculty

YEAR 2 2007-2008

Emerson Baker, Ph.D., Professor, History Department, Salem State College

Emerson Baker received his B.A. from Bates College, his M.A. from University of Maine, and his Ph.D. in History from College of William and Mary.
Dr. Baker is the department’s public historian, teaching a variety of courses on archaeology, material culture, and architectural history.  He continues his involvement in history through consulting for area museums and directing ongoing archaeological excavations.  He is the past Chair of the Maine Cultural Affairs Council, the Maine Humanities Council, and past vice-chair of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. 

Additionally, Dr. Baker has served as an advisor to the PBS television series, Colonial House, and has authored numerous books and publications, including The New England Knight and The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England.

Patricia Fontaine, Ed.D., Graduate School of Education, UMass Lowell

Patricia Fontaine received her B.A. from Rivier College, an M.A. in French from Middlebury College, an M.A. in History from Tufts University, and her Ed.D. from UMass Lowell.
As an assistant professor at UMass Lowell, Dr. Fontaine has taught curriculum and instruction courses on methodology of teaching social studies/history on the elementary and secondary level.  Dr. Fontaine consults with the MA DOE on the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks in Social Studies and has assisted districts with curriculum alignment. 
Prior to teaching on the university level, Dr. Fontaine taught history and French in Lexington, Massachusetts; Paris, France; and New Ipswich, New Hampshire.

G. Gray Fitzsimons, Park Historian, Lowell National Historical Park/Tsongas Industrial History Center

G. Gray Fitzsimons received his B.S. in civil engineering from University of Maryland and his M.A. in history from University of Washington.
Mr. Fitzsimons, whose ten years of in-depth study make him one of the foremost scholars of Lowell history, is now a museum consultant who once served as Chief of Interpretation and Historian at the Lowell National Historical Park.

Robert Forrant, Ph.D., Department of Regional Economic and Social Development, UMass Lowell

Robert Forrant received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1994.  He is a professor in the Department of Regional Economic and Social Development at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and has been a consultant to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the International Labour Organization.  He has engaged in program evaluation activities for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United Nations International Development Organization, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Massachusetts Department of Education and the Massachusetts Manufacturing Partnership.
Dr. Forrant is the editor of two volumes on sustainable regional development, the author of numerous published articles on industrial development and decline in the Connecticut River Valley and New England, and recently completed a manuscript history of the river valley.
He serves as a regional economy analyst for the journal Massachusetts Benchmarks and is on the editorial boards of the academic journals New Solutions and Labor Studies.  Dr. Forrant serves as a faculty historian to the “Communities of Scholars—Communities as Classrooms” Teaching American History project directed by the Tsongas Industrial History Center and funded by the United States Department of Education working with Lowell and Worcester, Massachusetts social studies teachers.  At the university, he teaches courses in U.S. history, labor studies, and global development.  He is the recipient of the University of Massachusetts President’s Award for Public Service, 1998 and the UMass Lowell Department of Regional Economic and Social Development Teaching Award, 2003, 1998.

Jack Larkin, Chief Historian, Old Sturbridge Village

Jack Larkin received his A.B. from Harvard College and his M.A. from Brandeis University.

Mr. Larkin is the Museum Scholar and Chief Historian at Old Sturbridge Village.  He is responsible for major research and writing projects, the museum’s overall interpretation of historical content through exhibits and programs, and its relationship with the scholarly community.  Mr. Larkin is also Affiliate Professor of History at Clark University, where he teaches “Exploration in History: New England in the Nineteenth Century.”  He has also taught seminars at the American Antiquarian Society.

Patrick Malone, Ph.D., History Department, Brown University

Patrick Malone received a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and a Ph.D. in history from Brown University.
Dr. Malone is an industrial archaeologist and historian of technology.  He has both an undergraduate engineering degree and a Ph.D. in history.  He is Associate Professor of American Civilization and Urban Studies.  His primary interests are the urban-built environment and the history of industrial communities.  He also does a great deal of work in public humanities, focusing on museum interpretation, park development, and the recording of engineering structures.  Much of his work examines American rivers and hydraulic engineering.  His co-authored book, The Texture of Industry, received awards from the American Institute of Architects and "Choice."  His present research interests include waterpower in Lowell, MA, and the history of manufacturing at Springfield Armory.

Chad Montrie, Ph.D., History Department, UMass Lowell

Chad Montrie received a B.A. from University of Louisville, an M.A. from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental, Labor, and Social History from Ohio State University.  He spent a year as a visiting assistant professor at Rhodes College before becoming an assistant professor of history at the UMass Lowell.  His most recent publication is To Save the Land and People: A History of Opposition to Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia.

Dr. Montrie has worked to develop a history of the river's Lowell stretch, in conjunction with the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust, which is planning to establish a greenway along the east side of the Concord River.  The Concord River project will draw on his passions – labor and environmental history over the past 150 years.

Merritt Roe Smith, Ph.D., Professor, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Merritt Roe Smith received his B.A. from Georgetown University (History, 1963) and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University (History, 1971). Before coming to MIT in 1978, he taught at Ohio State University and the University of Pennsylvania. His book on the Harpers Ferry Armory received the 1977 Frederick Jackson Turner Award, the 1978 Pfizer Award, and nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in History. He has received numerous fellowships and recognition, including a Regents Fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Senior Fulbright Scholarship in Sweden, a Thomas Newcomen Fellowship at the Harvard Business School, and the Leonardo da Vinci medal from the Society for the History of Technology. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and currently serves on the boards of the American Museum of Textile History, the Thomas Edison Papers Project at Rutgers University, and the public television series, "The American Experience."

His research focuses on the history of American industrialization and the role of the military in technological innovation. He is the author of Harpers Ferry Armory and the New Technology (1977); editor of Military Enterprise and Technological Change (1985); co-editor (with Leo Marx) of Does Technology Drive History? (1994); co-editor (with Greg Clancey) of Major Problems in the History of American Technology (1998); and, most recently, co-author (with Pauline Maier, Alex Keyssar, and Daniel Kevles) of Inventing America: A History of the United States (2002).

2006 | 2007 | 2008 FAculty

YEAR 3 2008-2009

Robert J. Allison, Ph.D., Suffolk University

Dr. Robert J. Allison chairs the History Department at Suffolk University, where he has taught since 1992. He also teaches at the Harvard Extension School, offering courses in American Constitutional History, Colonial America, the American Revolution, and the History of Boston.

His books include Stephen Decatur: American Naval Hero (2004), The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World 1776-1820 (2000), A Short History of Boston (2004), The Boston Massacre (2006), The Boston Tea Party (2007). He has also edited books on Revolutionary America and the Early American Republic in the American Eras series, and on twentieth-century political and social history in the History in Dispute series, and he edited an edition of The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African for the Bedford Series in History and Culture.

Dr. Allison is vice president of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, where he organizes the annual graduate student forum; he is a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society; and he is president of the South Boston Historical Society. He also serves on the education committee of the USS Constitution Museum, is on the board of governors of the Shirley Eustis House, the board of directors of the Bostonian Society, and he is the consulting historian to the Commonwealth Museum.

Dr. Allison finished his undergraduate education at the Harvard Extension School, and received his doctorate in the History of American Civilization from Harvard in 1992. He received the Petra Shattuck Distinguished Teaching Award from the Harvard Extension School in 1995, and has received both the Distinguished Service Award and the Outstanding Faculty Member award from Suffolk’s Student Government Association.

Ellen Berkland, Boston Landmarks Commission

Ellen Berkland has been a practicing professional archaeologist for over twenty years working all over New England on both ancient and historic sites, including her thesis work on the archaeology of the Nantucket African Meeting House. For the past eleven years, Ellen has worked for the Boston Landmarks Commission as the City Archaeologist. In this capacity, Ellen curates twenty-eight artifact collections held at a lab in Boston’s North End, is the review and compliance agent for below ground cultural resources in the city, educates the public in archaeology, and manages Rainsford Island in Boston Harbor. Ellen received a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Dickinson College and her Master’s in Archaeological Studies from Boston University.

Kerri Greenidge, ABD, Boston University

Ms. Kerri Greenidge has been teaching a variety of Afro-American Studies courses at Northeastern University since 2005.
Ms. Greenidge  has authored Boston Abolitionists (2006) and “Militant Dissent: Booker T. Washington, William Monroe Trotter, and the Niagara Movement,” an article published in The Trotter Review, (Fall 2004).

Previously, Ms. Greenidge served as an historical interpreter for the Boston African American National Historic Site, researching, disseminating, and chronicling information pertaining to the history of Boston’s nineteenth century free Black community (1790–1865). As the site’s Director of Curriculum Development, she was responsible for interpreting the research on Boston’s nineteenth century Black community in ways that can be understood by both a general audience and an audience of American history scholars, educators, and researchers.

Ms. Greenidge received her BA in English and sociology from Oberlin College in 2000.  She is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in American and New England Studies at Boston University.

Burt Logan, U.S.S. Constitution Museum

Mr. Burt Logan was elected President of the USS Constitution Museum in March 2007, having served as Executive Director since 1995. The Museum, located in Boston’s Charlestown Navy Yard, serves as the non-profit memory and educational voice of USS Constitution; also known as “Old Ironsides,” the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. “Old Ironsides” was launched in Boston in 1797, and has remained in active federal service since. More than a quarter of a million people visit the Museum annually.
Mr. Logan remains active in a number of civic and professional organizations and is past president of the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History and the Council of American Maritime Museums. He is a member of the Secretary of the Navy’s Advisory Sub-Committee on Naval History, has served as a consultant for a number of museums, and has been a reviewer and panelist for state and federally funded grants programs. In addition, he is an adjunct Professor of History at Suffolk University.

Mr. Logan received a General Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in June 1976. He also has a Master of Arts in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Cooperstown, New York, in 1983 where he was a National Museum Act Fellow.

Julia Mize, Boston National Historical Parks, National Parks Service

A native of Georgia, Ms. Julia Mize received her BA in psychology from Lynchburg College in 1974. After moving to the Washington, DC area in the late 1970s, Ms. Mize began working with the National Park Service as a volunteer at Oxon Hill Farm. While there, she took a position as a seasonal costumed interpreter on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP, working at the Great Falls Tavern, spending four years telling stories, operating a canal boat, and playing with mules.

Ms. Mize came to Boston in 1989, to take a position as the Special Events Coordinator for Boston National Historical Park. In 2001 she moved to the downtown district of Boston National Historical Park, returned to frontline interpretation, and was soon involved in the park’s education programs.

Patricia Reeve, Ph.D., Suffolk University

Dr. Patricia Reeve is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at Suffolk University. Her teaching reflects her interests in social and political history, as well as her research on gender, workers, medicine, and law. She teaches American History; U.S. Women’s History, Workers in America; Death, Disease and Healing in American History; and Unraveling Selfhood.

Her current project is a history of social and legal meaning-making about industrial accidents from 1830 to 1912, with a focus on the perspectives of wage earners, reformers, the reading public, and the Massachusetts judiciary and legislature. She is the author of “Industrial Disaster, Meaning Making and Reform: Readings of the Collapse of the Pemberton Mills, 1860” in Working Disasters: The Politics of Recognition and Response, (2006); entries in Class in America: An Encyclopedia, (2007); “The Fruits of Our Labor: Women and the U.S. Labor Movement, ”in Social Policy Journal (1993); and “Coalition Building for Community-based Labor Education,” in Policy Studies Journal (1989-90).
Dr. Reeve has longstanding affiliations with a variety of worker advocacy and education programs. Currently she is a program consultant to On Equal Terms, Susan Eisenberg’s installation marking the 30th anniversary of the Executive Order mandating gender equity in hiring and training in the U.S. building trades, scheduled to open at Brandeis University in October 2008, and at Suffolk University on April 1, 2009.

Dr. Reeve received a BA in U.S. History in 1975, and a Masters in History and Anthropology in 1978, both from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.  She received her Ph.D. in U.S. History, from Boston College in 2007.

 

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