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New 2009 Fellows Elected

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The election of the following Fellow nominees was approved by the Fellows of the Massachusetts Historical Society at their stated meeting on 19 October 2009:


Charles C. Ames

Charles C. Ames, a retired lawyer, graduated from Harvard College and the University of Virginia Law School. Following law school, he served as a clerk for Judge Levin H. Campbell at the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and for Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., at the United States Supreme Court. He practiced law at the Boston firm of Hill & Barlow, where he specialized in real estate investment and finance and was the managing partner from 1992 to 1996. He is a trustee of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Wheelock College, a member of the board of managers of the Shaw Fund for Mariners’ Children, a past trustee of Concord Academy and the North Bennett Street School, a past selectman of the Town of Brookline, and a past chair of the Brookline Civic Association. His father, James Barr Ames, served as the Society’s president from 1975 to 1978. He is a member of the Society’s Board of Trustees.

Richard D’Abate

Richard D’Abate has served as the executive director of the Maine Historical Society since 1996. During this tenure, the organization has expanded its museum program, developed the Maine Memory Network (an online resource of images of the state), upgraded its journal, and completed a major renovation of its library. It has also become an active member of the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, which is headquartered at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Mr. D’Abate is a graduate of Columbia.  He also undertook graduate work in Writing and English at Cornell University.  Between 1971 and 1983, he taught English at Nasson College in Springvale, Maine, rising to the rank of associate professor; between 1981 and 1983, he also served as the college’s vice president for academic affairs.  Between 1985 and 1995, he was the associate director of the Maine Humanities Council. Mr. D’Abate is the author of a book of poems and a number of chapters and articles as well as the co-editor of American Beginnings: Exploration, Culture, and Cartography in the Land of the Norumbega.

Marilyn Dunn

Marilyn Dunn is the executive director of the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, a program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The holder of a bachelor’s degree from Manhattanville College and master’s degrees from Simmons College and the University of Massachusetts, she has had a career marked by progressive responsibilities at the libraries of Mount Holyoke College and Hartwick College before assuming her present position in 2006. She is the Schlesinger Library’s representative on the board of the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium.

Paul A. Gilje

Paul A. Gilje is a George Lynn Cross Research Professor at the University of Oklahoma and the president for 2008-2009 of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, the major organization of scholars of post-Revolutionary America. He received his B.A. from Brooklyn College and his Ph.D. from Brown University, where he was a student of Gordon S. Wood. Professor Gilje’s research focuses on late-18th- and early-19th-century America. His many publications include his recent book Liberty on the Waterfront: American Maritime Society and Culture in the Age of Revolution, 1750-1850, which won two national prizes, including the “best book” award from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. He has presented his research at programs throughout the United States and Europe (including at the Society’s Boston Area Seminar in Early American History), and he has received numerous grants and fellowships to support his work (including an MHS short-term fellowship). As president of SHEAR, in 2008 he arranged a master class for graduate students at the MHS at which they met with Prof. Daniel Walker Howe of Oxford University and UCLA to discuss his Pulitzer Prize-winning book What Hath God Wrought.

Susan-Mary Grant

Susan-Mary Grant is the Professor of American History at the University of Newcastle, United Kingdom. Professor Grant, a historian of the American Civil War, took her Ph.D. at the University of London. She has taught at the University of Newcastle since 1992. She is the author of North over South: Northern Nationalism and American Identity in the Antebellum Era and The War for a Nation: The American Civil War as well as the co-editor of three volumes on the era of the Civil War. Active in British organizations to promote American studies, she was a founding member and officer of British American Nineteenth-Century Historians and an officer of the Scottish Association for the Study of America. Professor Grant is a former recipient of an MHS short-term fellowship. She has also served as a referee for the Massachusetts Historical Review.

Margaret Randolph Higonnet

Margaret Randolph Higonnet is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut, where she has taught since 1970. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College and received the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University. Professor Higonnet’s wide-ranging scholarship includes publications on World War I and World War II. She is editing the memoir of Margaret Hall, a World War I Red Cross worker, for publication by the Society.

Margaret A. Lowe

Margaret A. Lowe, an associate professor of history at Bridgewater State College, studies the lives of American women in the late 19th and 20th centuries. A graduate of the University of Vermont, Professor Lowe earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Massachusetts. She is the author of Looking Good: College Women and Body Image, 1875-1930 and a co-editor of From Megaphones to Microphones: Women’s Public Discourse, 1920-1960. Professor Lowe has held an MHS short-term fellowship. She used the grant to work on the diary of Marian Lawrence Peabody, which she is editing for publication by the Society.

Kenneth Pieter Minkema

Kenneth Pieter Minkema is the executive director of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale and the executive editor of the Works of Jonathan Edwards. He is also an adjunct faculty member of the Yale University Divinity School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Calvin College, his master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, where he worked with Harry S. Stout and Richard D. Brown. Dr. Minkema has devoted most of his career to editing. In addition to editing or co-editing four volumes of Edwards documents and a collection of essays on Edwards, he has also co-edited a volume of church records and a volume of sermons for publication by the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. He is the author of about two dozen book chapters and articles, including “Jonathan Edwards’s Defense of Slavery,” published in the Massachusetts Historical Review.  He is also the recipient of one of the Society’s short-term fellowships.

John M. Murrin

John M. Murrin is a professor emeritus of history at Princeton University, where he taught from 1973 to 2003. He received his B.A. from the College of St. Thomas and his A.M. from the University of Notre Dame.  He took his Ph.D. from Yale University, where he was a student of Edmund S. Morgan. The mentor to a generation of talented doctoral students at Princeton, he was (and remains) a formidable figure at professional meetings. Murrin is the author of important articles and review essays on a broad range of topics in early American history as well as a co-editor of three collections of essays and a volume of edited documents.  He was also the moving force behind the publication of the final two volumes of Princetonians, a collection of biographical sketches comparable to the Society’s series Sibley’s Harvard Graduates. When the Society and the New England Historic Genealogical Society proposed a CD-ROM of biographical sketches of the students of the American colonial colleges, Professor Murrin’s endorsement of the project was vital to securing permission to from Princeton University Press, the copyright holder, to include entries from Princetonians.

Colin Nicolson

Colin Nicolson is a lecturer in American history at the University of Stirling, Scotland, where he has taught since 1993. Dr. Nicolson received his training at the University of Edinburgh. A former Society of the Cincinnati fellow at the MHS, he is the author of essays both in the Society’s former periodical, the Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and its current journal, the Massachusetts Historical Review. He is also the author of The ‘Infamas Governor’: Francis Bernard and the Origins of the American Revolution and the editor of a projected four-volume documentary edition of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, The Papers of Francis Bernard, Governor of Colonial Massachusetts, 1760-1769

Susan Park

Susan Park is the president of the Boston Preservation Alliance, the president and chief executive officer of Boston Harborfest, Inc., and an assistant commissioner of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.  Awards from the United States Coast Guard, the North Atlantic Region of the National Park Service, the Bostonian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the Gibson House, and the Boston Preservation Alliance, among other organizations, have confirmed her place as one of Boston’s most important activists and advocates on behalf of historic preservation.

Natalia Yurievna Suchugova

Natalia Yurievna Suchugova is an associate professor in the Foreign Languages Department of the Russian State University for the Humanities, where she received her Ph.D. A specialist in the diplomatic relations of the United States and Russia in the early 19th century, she is the author of The Diplomatic Mission of J. Q. Adams in Russia, 1809-1814, published in Russian in 2007.  To pursue further research in early U.S.-Russian relations, she held a Fulbright Fellowship at the MHS during the autumn of 2007. Upon her return to Russia, she was named coordinator at her university’s Russian-American Center for American Studies.

Katheryn P. Viens

Katheryn P. Viens is the executive director of the New England Museum Association. A 1984 graduate of Salve Regina College in Newport, R.I., she took an M.A. in history with certification in Historical Agencies and Administration from Northeastern University in 1991. She also served as an editorial assistant on The New England Quarterly. Between 1993 and 1995 she was a member of the Society’s Publications Department, first as an editorial assistant, then as an assistant editor. She was a co-editor of Entrepreneurs: The Boston Business Community, 1700-1850, a collection of essays first presented at an MHS conference that the Society published in 1997. In January 1996, she became the executive director of the Old Colony Historical Society in Taunton. In her current position at NEMA, where she has been on the staff for nearly a decade, she is the public voice of scores of small museums—primarily history museums—across our region. Since leaving our staff at the end of 1995, she has been an active contributor to our series Sibley’s Harvard Graduates; Viens is the author of 20 entries in volume 19.

Published: Tuesday, 20 October, 2009, 12:00 AM