Dougherty New Director for UMass Press


University of Massachusetts Press Announces a New Director

We are pleased to announce that Mary V. Dougherty will serve as the next Director of the University of Massachusetts Press. She will be the third Director of the Press, after Leone Stein, who served from 1963 to 1982, and Bruce Wilcox, who served from 1982 to 2014.

Ms. Dougherty received a B.A. from Hamilton College, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in American Literature from Rutgers University. For the past fifteen years, she has enjoyed a successful career in college textbook publishing, working with many prominent academic authors. Most recently, she served as Publisher for History at Bedford/St. Martin’s, where she devised and implemented a long-range plan for growth of Bedford’s history list, more than doubling the list’s annual revenue. She also launched and developed a digital strategy for the history list, including the adaptation of a new platform and the development of innovative digital resources. During her time at Bedford, she managed every aspect of the list’s growth, including editorial, design, marketing, financial, and technological dimensions.

Ms. Dougherty is excited to join the University of Massachusetts Press. She said, “My hope is to sustain the many qualities that now distinguish the University of Massachusetts Press, to grow the Press in new areas to serve emerging scholarly and community needs, and to publish nimbly in print, digitally, across vendors and across platforms in order to reach scholars and readers in Massachusetts, throughout the U.S., and across the globe.”

Outgoing Director Bruce Wilcox said, “I think the University of Massachusetts is very fortunate that Mary Dougherty will serve as the next Director of the Press, bringing her excellent editorial skills, fresh ideas, and business savvy.”