Project Historians (2010-2011)

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summer_icon.giffall_icon.gifVincent Cannato, Ph.D.

UMASS Boston
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Vincent J. Cannato is associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He received his BA with honors in Political Science from Williams College and his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. At UMASS-Boston, Prof. Cannato teaches courses on New York City history, Boston history, immigration history, and twentieth-century American history.

He is the author of American Passage: The History of Ellis Island (HarperCollins, 2009); The Ungovernable City: John Lindsay and his Struggle to Save New York (Basic Books, 2001); and co-editor of Living in the Eighties (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Prof. Cannato has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, and The New Republic. He serves as an Associate Editor of the second edition of The Encyclopedia of New York City and is a member of the Advisory Council of Historians and Scholars for the American Institute for History Education. He has also received a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Apart from his academic career, Prof. Cannato was also managing editor of The Public Interest, edited by Irving Kristol and Nathan Glazer; co-producer of the PBS documentary "The First Measured Century"; an aide to former Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler; and a speechwriter at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.


summer_icon.giffall_icon.gifKerri Greenidge, ABD

Boston University
greenidge_headshot.jpgKerri Greenidge is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Boston University, where she is studying the political consciousness of New England’s African-American community between the end of the Civil War and the Great Migration. In 2006, she published Boston’s Abolitionists, a popular work for teachers and students examining the history of Boston’s ante-bellum abolition movement. She works as a Teaching Fellow at Boston University, as historian for the Boston History and Innovation Collaborative, and teaches the history of American Reconstruction, and African-American Studies, at Suffolk University. She has also taught at Northeastern University, where she taught African-American History, and helped organize the 2007 Civil Rights Conference with Northeastern University Law Professor Margaret Burnham.

She has been featured in the Boston Globe, on NPR’s Morning Edition, on Chronicle, and at the University of New Hampshire’s Blacks in New England Conference. Prior to her work in the private sector, Ms. Greenidge was an historical interpreter at Boston African-American National Historic Site, a branch of the National Park Service.


summer_icon.giffall_icon.gifPatricia A. Reeve, Ph.D.

Suffolk University
reeve_headshot.jpgDr. 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, which opened at Brandeis University in October 2008, and at Suffolk University on April 1, 2009.

She is also the coordinator of Suffolk University’s collaborations with the Tri-City Technology Education Collaborative and affiliated school districts in Everett, Malden, Medford, and Revere. Current projects include “Voices Rising”: Assimilation and the American Experience, funded by a Teaching American History Grant (2006-2009), as well as the Technology Enhancement Project (2007-2009).


summer_icon.giffall_icon.gifKathleen Banks Nutter , Ph.D.

Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, MA

external image IMG_0335a.jpgKathleen Banks Nutter is currently an archivist at the Sophia Smith Collections/College Archives at Smith College.

She was formerly a fulltime history Lecturer at State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she taught courses on the late 19th and 20th century United States; public history; and women, labor, culture, and politics. While completing her Ph.D. in American history at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Nutter worked for several years at the Sophia Smith Collections/College Archives at Smith College; then as Carolyn Heilbrun’s research assistant for her Gloria Steinem biography.

Nutter is the author of The Necessity of Organization’: Mary Kenney O’Sullivan and Trade Unionism for Women, 1892-1912 (Garland, 2000), as well as several articles, including “From Romance to PMS: Images of Women” and “Chocolate In Twentieth-Century America,” in Edible Ideologies, Katie LeBesco and Peter Naccarato, editors (SUNY Press, 2008). She has completed a manuscript on: Women and Chocolate: Production and Consumption In Twentieth-Century America in which she examines the gendered production and consumption of chocolate, particularly bonbons, in the US over the last century. Currently she is researching the Women of R.O.A.R. (Restore Our Alienated Rights), which opposed, at times quite violently, the court-ordered desegregation of the Boston public school system.


fall_icon.gifRobert E. Hannigan, Ph.D.

Suffolk University
ba11_rhannigan_headshot.jpgRobert Hannigan is an Assistant Professor of History at Suffolk University. He received his A.B. from Cornell University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton. Professor Hannigan is especially interested in U.S. foreign relations in the early 20th century. In addition to articles dealing with that period, he is the author of The New World Power: American Foreign Policy, 1898-1917, published in 2002 by the University of Pennsylvania Press. He is currently writing a book on the subject of World War I and American foreign policy.

Hannigan has been a chair/commentator of sessions dealing with topics in U.S. foreign relations at annual meetings of Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. At Suffolk, he has organized seminars on U.S. foreign relations attended by scholars from throughout the New England – New York area. He has helped to plan and teach courses on this field of study for Boston-area high school history teachers. He has attended the German-American Historical Symposium, held in Krefeld, Germany. He has written reviews for a variety of publications, including the American Historical Review.


fall_icon.gif Werner Sollors, Ph.D.

Harvard University
external image sollors.jpgWerner Sollors earned his doctorate from the Freie Universität Berlin and holds the Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Chair as Professor of English and Professor of African-American Studies at Harvard University, where he joined the faculty in 1983. He served as chair of Afro-American Studies from 1984 through 1987 and from 1988 through 1990, of American Civilization from 1997-2002, and of Ethnic Studies from 2001 through 2004 and in academic year 2009-10.

Coeditor with Greil Marcus of A New Literary History of America (2009), and with Glenda C. Carpio of African American Literary Studies:New Texts, New Approaches, New Challenges (2011), his major publications include Beyond Ethnicity: Consent and Descent in American Literature and Culture (1986),Neither Black nor White yet Both: Thematic Explorations of Interracial Literature (1997), and Ethnic Modernism (2008). He has written essays on ethnicity, pluralism, migration, multiculturalism, and numerous authors, among them Olaudah Equiano, Mark Twain, W.E. B. Du Bois, Charles Chesnutt, Mary Antin, Jean Toomer, Zora Neale Hurston, Henry Roth, Richard Wright, Ed Bullins, Adrienne Kennedy, Amiri Baraka, and Charles Johnson. His edited books include The Return of Thematic Criticism (1993), Theories of Ethnicity (1996), Mary Antin’s The Promised Land (1997), The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (2000), Interracialism (2000), The Multilingual Anthology of American Literature (2000), Charles W. Chesnutt’s Novels, Stories, and Essays (2002), An Anthology of Interracial Literature (2004), Frank. J. Webb, Fiction, Essays & Poetry (2005), and Alexandre Dumas’s Georges (2007).

He is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and of the Constance Rourke award for the best essay in American Quarterly. A corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and of the Bayerische Amerika-Akademie, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2001.
He is currently at work on a book tentatively called Tales of the 1940s and on editions of Charles W. Chesnutt's The Marrow of Tradition and Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson.


fall_icon.gifEdward T. O’Donnell, Ph.D.

Holy Cross College

external image EdOD_SM.jpgDr. O’Donnell is Associate Professor of History at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, and is a renowned speaker and author. He earned his Ph.D. in American History from Columbia University (1995). He is the author of many scholarly articles and several books, including Ships Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum (2003), which tells the story of one of the worst disasters in American history and its impact on a vibrant ethnic community. He most recently co-authored Visions of America: A History of the United States.

Dr. O’Donnell is also a professional speaker, delivering history-themed presentations before thousands of educational, business and non-profit organizations since 1991. During his years in New York City, O’Donnell also led more than 2,000 walking tours through New York City’s ethnic neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Little Italy and Harlem. Since 2001 O’Donnell has served as lead historian for several Teaching American History grants. He has also made countless professional development presentations for TAH grant programs from New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Florida, and Virginia.


fall_icon.gifJames R. Green, Ph.D.

UMASS Boston
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Professor Green is a scholar, writer, and teacher of U.S. history. He directs the new Public History Track in the History Masters’ Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Green received his Ph.D. in history from Yale University in 1972 and five years later joined the faculty at UMass Boston. Professor Green has also held lectureships at Warwick University in England, at the University of Genoa in Italy where he was a Fullbright Senior Fellow, and at Harvard University where he has taught in the Trade Union Program since 1987.
Green’s recent publications include Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing That Divided Gilded Age America (Random House 2006. Anchor books paperback, 2007); Taking History to Heat: The Power of the Past in Building Social Movements (University of Massachusetts Press, 2000); and Commonwealth of Toil: Chapters from the History of Massachusetts Workers and their Unions, co-authored with Tom Juravich and William Hartford (University of Massachusetts Press, 1996.)