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Holly Jackson announced as new Editor-in-Chief of The New England Quarterly

For over 90 years, The New England Quarterly has published the best scholarship on New England’s cultural, literary, political, and social history

The MIT Press is pleased to announce that Holly Jackson has been appointed as the Bernard Bailyn Editor of The New England Quarterly (NEQ). Jackson will build upon the success of the previous editor Jonathan Chu, who has retired after seven years of exceptional service. 

Holly Jackson.

“I’m honored to take on the editorship of The New England Quarterly,” said Holly Jackson, who is an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. “As we continue its nearly century-long tradition as a venue for exceptional research and writing on the region’s history, literature, and culture, we are eager to highlight both established and emerging scholars, approaches, and archives that will help us see New England anew.” 

Holly Jackson is Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she also serves as the interim Chair of the American Studies department. She is the author of prize-winning scholarly essays on 19th-century US literature and culture, social movements, radical thought, and the family, as well as pieces in popular venues including The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Her most recent book, American Radicals: How 19th-Century Protest Shaped the Nation, was named a top-ten history book of 2019 by Smithsonian Magazine and a nonfiction honoree by the Massachusetts Book Awards.

Nick Lindsay, director of journals and open access at the MIT Press noted that the Press is thrilled by Jackson’s appointment. “Holly is not only an esteemed researcher, but an excellent editor. We couldn’t be more excited to have her lead NEQ.”

The New England Quarterly covers a range of time periods, from before European colonization to the present, and discusses subjects germane to New England’s history. The journal also aims to link regional history and literary cultures to broader scholarly studies by encouraging work that treats the migration of ideas, people, and institutions from New England to other parts of the United States and the world.  In addition to major essays, features include memoranda and edited documents, reconsiderations of traditional texts and interpretations, and book reviews. 

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