MEET OUR EDITORS & "STAFF"
Dr. Mara Dodge, Editorial Director, has taught U.S. History at Westfield State University for 14 years, where she is a full professor. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1997. For many years she coordinated the History Education program at WSU training middle and high school history teachers. She has taught at all grade levels from 3rd grade to high school, including teaching history classes within the Illinois prison system. Currently she teaches courses in Labor and Economic History, U.S. Women’s History, Civil Rights Movements, The Minority Experience, and Historical Research and Analysis.
Dr. Dodge’s areas of research and writing include labor history, women’s history, legal and constitutional history, and the history of crime and punishment. Her book, “Whores and Thieves of the Worst Kind”: Women, Crime, and Prisons, 1835-2000, received an outstanding book award and was republished in 2006. Currently her research focuses on the life of a Holyoke textile union leader, Anna B. Sullivan.
Dr. Dodge is responsible for all areas of journal production, including editing all articles, financial management, subscription database management, marketing, outreach to authors and book reviewers. She oversees the peer review process along with copyediting and issue design and lay-out. Finally, she supervises the many undergraduate interns, graduate assistant, and volunteers without whom HJM could not function.
Dr. Chalet Seidel, Associate Editor, is an assistant professor of English at Westfield State University. She received her Ph.D. in English (Writing History and Theory) from Case Western Reserve University in 2010. Dr. Seidel teaches a variety of introductory and upper-division courses on writing and writers. Her writing courses take a rhetorical approach, paying particular attention to the writer's conception of and connection with audiences. In all of her classes, Dr. Seidel encourages her students to become more careful, critical readers and more confident writers. These skills she brings to the Historical Journal, where she is HJM’s main copyeditor.
Outside the classroom, she serves on both campus-wide and departmental committees that promote writing across campus. Dr. Seidel has presented and published work on rhetorical theories of genre and on the education of nineteenth-century American journalists. Her current research and professional activities focus on writing program development. Before entering academia, Chalet worked in publishing, including at a psychiatric journal and at a community-based arts nonprofit.
Fred Cooksey, Associate Editor, is a professor of English at Holyoke Community University, where he teaches composition, literature, and journalism. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia), an M.A. in English, also from George Mason, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has published essays and fiction in the Washington Post Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, and other journals. He has also written a handbook for first-year composition students, Quick and Dirty: A Compact Guide to Writing, Reading, and Research. Professor Cooksey is responsible for the complete lay-out and design of each issue along with some copyediting.
Dr. Robert Weir, Associate Editor, holds a Ph.D. in 19th century American history from the University of Massachusetts. Amherst. He has published six books on the American labor movement: The Changing Landscape of Labor (with Michael Jacobson-Hardy); Beyond Labor's Veil: The Culture of the Knights of Labor; Knights Unhorsed: Internal Conflict in a Gilded Age Social Movement; The Historical Encyclopedia of American Labor (with James Hanlan) and served as an editor for The Encyclopedia of Social Class in America. Dr. Weir’s current research is in utopian cities and in municipal socialism. He teaches throughout the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts and is a former senior Fulbright scholar (New Zealand). Dr. Weir serves as a content editor and reviews most submissions. He volunteers his time and skills.
Lynn D. Martin, consultant, has a B.A. in English and History from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She has a strong background in journal editing, marketing, design, and production. She was Managing Editor for the Harvard School of Public Health’s journal, Health and Human Rights, for three years and helped market two of Boston University’s journals. She has an extensive background in public relations and communications and has spent her career working with non-profit organizations. She assists HJM with copyediting, marketing, and publicity.
Student Interns. Each semester 3-5 undergraduate students serve as interns. They receive training in many areas of journal production; their contributions are essential to our operation.
Graduate Assistant Jessica Reimers serves as our indispensable editorial assistant and provides our main administrative support. She processes all subscriptions, maintains our subscriber database, handles correspondence with book reviewers and others, and assists with copyediting. (All this in 4-6 hours a week!)