Mary Dougherty


Mary Dougherty became director of UMass Press in July of 2014.  Before coming to UMass, she was the publisher for history at Bedford/St. Martin’s in Boston.  She earned a PhD in American literature from Rutgers.

Mary is interested in acquiring titles on African American history and culture, interdisciplinary work on the long American nineteenth century, general interest and scholarly books about New England, and titles related to feminism, equity, and social justice. 


Matt Becker

Executive Editor

Matt Becker started at UMass Press in 2015. He was previously senior acquisitions editor at the University of Nevada Press and also worked at Wayne State University Press and the Minnesota Historical Society Press. He holds a PhD in American studies from the University of Minnesota.

Matt is interested in acquiring scholarly manuscripts in all areas of American history and society, including those with an interdisciplinary or transnational approach, ranging from popular culture to education reform to critical biography, especially projects that deal with social justice and equity. He also acquires regional trade titles on New England topics. He is the in-house editor for the series Culture, Politics, and the Cold War; Public History in Historical Perspective; and Science/Technology/Culture. With all of his projects, he seeks authors who can write in a style accessible to a wide readership. 

Brian Halley

Senior Editor
UMass Boston
Healey Library
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393

Brian Halley has long been interested in interdisciplinary work that stretches across multiple humanities fields, and possibly beyond. At the Press, Brian manages the series American Popular Music; Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book; Environmental History of the Northeast; and Native Americans of the Northeast. In addition, Brian acquires in the fields of gender and sexuality studies, environmental studies, and studies in race and ethnicity. A longtime Boston resident, he is also interested in urban studies and books about the Boston region. 

Production & Design

Sally Nichols

EDP Manager

Sally Nichols began her career as a production and design artist in 1982 for the Wing Press in Boston. After several years working in print and production for retail companies, she turned to freelancing for magazine and book publishers throughout New England. She joined the UMass Press production department in 1995, and enjoys working on every aspect of book making--from collaborating on design, typesetting manuscripts, and working with our printers and binders to managing the press backlist and designing the seasonal catalogs and marketing materials.

Dina Noto

Digital Production Assistant

Dina Noto is a digital production specialist with training and experience in graphic design, traditional and digital animation, and video editing. As part of the UMass Press Production department she preps manuscript files as well as creates e-books for Press titles. In addition to the Press, she has worked for Five Colleges Inc., Art Jewelry Forum, Sienna Patti Contemporary Art Gallery, IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, and California Institute of the Arts. Dina is also a visual artist, improviser, and storyteller, and holds an MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts.

Business & Marketing 

Yvonne Crevier

​Business Manager

Much of Yvonne’s work at the Press happens behind the scenes. In addition to managing fiscal matters, she sends out annual royalty statements and checks, responds to permissions requests to include excerpts of Press books in other publications, and works with authors and their academic institutions on securing book subventions. Yvonne is an alum of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pleased to be involved in the research mission of her alma mater.

Courtney Andree

Marketing Manager

Courtney Andree started at the Press in the summer of 2017 and previously held positions in marketing and publicity at Yale University Press and The Countryman Press (a division of W.W. Norton & Co.). She holds a PhD in British literature and film & media studies from Washington University in St. Louis. At UMass Press, she manages media outreach, exhibits and conferences, advertising, awards, course adoption, social media, and the website.