Editors & “Staff”

Meet our Editors

Dr. Mara Dodge, Editorial Director, has taught U.S. History at Westfield State University since 1999, where she currently serves as the Chair of the History Department. She received her PhD 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. Her current 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, and outreach to authors and book reviewers. She oversees the peer review process along with copyediting, issue design, and layout. Finally, she supervises the many undergraduate interns, graduate assistants, and volunteers without whom HJM could not function.

Dr. Dodge can be reached via email at masshistoryjournal@westfield.ma.edu

Joanne Despres is completing her final year as HJM’s part-time copy and layout editor. She will be responsible for designing the book A Peak into Westfield’s Past, 1669-2019 for the city’s 350th anniversary celebration. She has a PhD in Medieval English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Since 1991, she has worked as a senior editor at Merriam-Webster, Inc. (Springfield, MA). Joanne can be reached via email at despres.masshistory@westfield.ma.edu.

Katy McFadden is the Lawrence T. and Donna J. Gwozdz graduate assistant, working during the 2022-2023 academic year. Katy has a BA in Film and Media Studies and minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from Lafayette College. Currently, she is attending Westfield State University’s Master of Social Work program. Katy assists in copyediting for HJM and provides most of our administrative support, including processing all subscriptions, maintaining our subscriber database, and corresponding with book reviewers and others.

Katy can be reached via email at assistant.masshistory@westfield.ma.edu.