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The War of 1812 Magazine

Edited by: Matthew MacVittie

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The War of 1812 Magazine: Editorial Board

It is with great pleasure that the War of 1812 Magazine psents the members of its Editorial Board. This group of accomplished scholars and historians has the task of ensuring the quality of this on-line publication, while providing peer review of submissions and technical, historical, editorial and other advice as necessary.

The Editor extends his thanks to the members of the Editorial Board for volunteering.

The members of the Editorial Board include:

Carl Benn, Ph.D

Dr. Carl Benn, Chair of the Department of History, took up his post with Ryerson University in August 2008 after working in the museum field for thirty-four years. Previously, he was the Chief Curator of the City of Toronto’s Museums and Heritage Services. While with the City, he fulfilled senior curatorial and managerial duties, restored heritage properties, curated exhibits, and produced other public resources, such as the award-winning web presentation, History of Toronto – an 11,000-year journey. Dr. Benn also taught part-time at the University of Toronto for seventeen years in Continuing Studies, undergraduate History, and graduate Museum Studies, and has been active elsewhere in the heritage field, such as serving on boards and providing consulting services to heritage agencies and other clients. His main areas of academic interest centre on the Euroamerican and First Nations history of eastern North America before the twentieth century, as well as on the history of Toronto and southern Ontario, and on material culture, museology, and heritage preservation.

Selected publications:

Historic Fort York (1993)

The Iroquois in the War of 1812 (1998)

The War of 1812 (2002)

Mohawks on the Nile: Natives among the Canadian Voyageurs in Egypt, 1884-1885 (2009)

Jane Errington, Ph.D

Dr. Jane Errington is a professor of history at the Royal Military College of Canada. Dr. Errington teaches a wide range of courses - both at RMC and at Queen's University (where she is also a member of the department). Her research interests continue to centre on life in early Upper Canada, various aspects of which have been the subject of two books and numerous articles. Her current research is on the role of women in colonial society - as workers (as explored in Wives and Mothers, School Mistresses and Scullery Maids), as emigrants, and in relation to the law; and on life of apprentices and indentured servants in the colony in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Donald R. Hickey, Ph.D

Don Hickey holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and is a professor of history at Wayne State College in Nebraska.  A specialist in early American history and American military history, Hickey has taught at Wayne State since 1978, although he has held concurrent visiting appointments at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (1991-92) and the Naval War College (1995-96).  He is the author of five books and more than fifty articles.

Select Publications:

The War of 1812:  A Forgotten Conflict (1989).

The War of 1812:  A Short History (1995).

Don't Give Up the Ship! Myths of the War of 1812 (2006)

David Curtis Skaggs, Ph.D.

After receiving a doctorate from Georgetown University, David Skaggs began a thirty-six year professorship at Bowling Green State University that lasted until retirement in 2001.  He taught courses in colonial and revolutionary America as well as American military history.  He has held visiting professorships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, East Carolina University, and the Air War College.  He is the author and editor of 14 books and over 60 scholarly articles.  In addition to his academic career, he is a field artillery colonel (retired), U.S. Army Reserve.

Select Publications:

Co-author, A Signal Victory: The Lake Erie Campaign, 1812-1813 (1997)

Co-editor, The Sixty Years' War for the Great Lakes, 1754-1814 (2001)

Author, Thomas Macdonough: Master of Command in the Early U.S. Navy (2003)

Author, Oliver Hazard Perry: Honor, Courage and Patriotism in the Early U.S. Navy (2006)

J.C.A. Stagg, Ph.D

J.C.A. Stagg is professor of history and editor-in-chief of The Papers of James Madison at the University of Virginia. He has written a study of American politics during the War of 1812 and edited fourteen volumes of Madison's papers as well as the Encyclopaedia of the New American Nation.  He is currently completing a monograph on James Madison and American relations with Spain between 1776 and 1821.

Select Publication:  Mr. Madison's War: Politics, Diplomacy, and Warfare in the Early American Republic, 1783-1830.

In Memorium, a former member of the Editorial Board: Robert Malcomson

Bob Malcomson was a retired elementary school teacher who specialized in the age of fighting sail, in particular the naval campaigns on the Great Lakes during the War of 1812. Author of numerous books, monographs and articles, Bob devoted most of his time to research, writing and conducting historical tours of Queenston Heights. Bob was a founding member of the Editorial Board and a tireless supporter of this publication and so many other initiatives dealing with the War of 1812.

Select Publications:

HMS Detroit: The Battle for Lake Erie (with Thomas Malcomson) (1990).

Burying General Brock: A History of Brock’s Monuments (1996)

Sailors of 1812: Memoirs and Letters of Naval Officers on Lake Ontario (1997)

Lords of the Lake: The Naval War on Lake Ontario, 1812-1814  (1999)

Warships of the Great Lakes: 1754-1834  (2001)

A Very Brilliant Affair: The Battle of Queenston Heights, 1812 (2003)

Historical Dictionary of the War of 1812 (2006)

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