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
Provost Office / Quinn Building 
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

Carol Betsch

​Managing Editor

Carol Betsch began her editorial career in 1974 as a copyeditor at Viking Press. Since 1980 she has worked in scholarly publishing, where she has negotiated the passages from blue pencils to digital workflow and the 12th to the 16th edition of Chicago. She has been managing editor of UMass Press since 1999, helping authors negotiate the sometimes mysterious process of turning their manuscripts into books. Carol also has a parallel career as a landscape photographer.  

Jack Harrison

Design and Production Manager

After working in trade publishing for ten years, Jack Harrison joined the UMass Press in 1989. At the time he was delighted to learn that the standards of design and production maintained here and at other university imprints equaled, or exceeded, those of trade book publishing. Jack’s responsibility is to shepherd your book successfully though all the stages of design, typesetting, and manufacture to produce the best possible setting for your work.

Sally Nichols

Associate Production Manager and Designer

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.

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.

Karen Fisk​

Marketing Manager 
413-545-4987 or 413-545-2217

Karen has been involved in publishing since 1991 when she earned her master’s degree in English and began to work for University of Michigan Press as a copyeditor and proof reader. In Ann Arbor, she also worked as a bookseller at Shaman Drum Bookshop. Later she became features editor at a daily newspaper in New Jersey where she wrote the books page. She came to UMass Press in 2011 from Tilbury House, Publishers, Maine, where she was an editor of children’s picture books.

One of Karen's favorite tasks as marketing manager at UMass Press is working together with authors to devise and implement thorough, creative, and strategic marketing plans for their books. In addition to traditional marketing tools, Karen strives to make full use of the exponential power of digital marketing to heighten public awareness of all UMass Press has to offer.