ACHLS Faculty and staff
ACHLS faculty are members of a community of teacher-scholars who value a high-quality undergraduate education experience. Faculty are also active scholars and researchers, which enriches the knowledge that they bring to the classroom.
Dean and Professor
Phone: 603.458.5145 ext. 12
Peter M. Malaguti earned his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and his J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School where he was an editor of the law review. Professor Malaguti is currently a full-time professor of law at the Massachusetts School of Law where he teaches Constitutional Law, Property, Conveyancing, Land Use Regulation, Local Government Law, and Landlord-Tenant Law. He has practiced extensively in the areas of civil litigation, real estate law, and commercial law. He is the author of the electronic casebooks Conveyancing and Modern Land Transactions and Massachusetts Landlord-Tenant Law. He has written and contributed to several law review articles, and has lectured for a national bar review company.
MAUREEN C. MOONEY, J.D.
Phone: 603.458.5145 ext. 11
A graduate of The Thomas More College and the Massachusetts School of Law, Maureen C. Mooney served three terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives where she served as an Assistant Minority Leader, a member of the House Rules Committee, and a three-term member of the Judiciary Committee, where she was appointed Clerk of the Committee. She has sponsored and co-sponsored significant legislation in many areas, chaired subcommittees on important issues and has been a delegate to state and national conventions.
Ms. Mooney serves on the Advisory Board of the Academy of the Holy Family in Baltic, Connecticut and is a trustee of The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, New Hampshire. In 2006, she was named one of the New Hampshire Union Leader's "40 Under Forty," which recognizes outstanding New Hampshire residents under the age of 40. In 2012, she was named a "40 Under Forty" in Merrimack Valley Business Magazine.
Assistant Dean and Director of the Writing Program
Phone: 603.458.5145 ext. 13
Andrea DeFusco-Sullivan, who graduated summa cum laude from Merrimack College with a B.A. in English, is also a summa cum laude graduate of Boston College's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where she was honored with the Teaching Excellence award. She has been teaching all levels of college English, from writing seminars to specialized literature courses, since 1991. She has published pedagogical articles in The Hemingway Review, published a literary biography of Robert Frost, and a guide to Hamlet.
DeFusco-Sullivan is currently on the faculty at Boston College, and was the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BC from 1999-2008.
She is bi-cultural and bilingual in Spanish and English, and for two decades has worked with a diverse student body. She is a native and resident of Methuen, Massachusetts.
Siempre me alegro de hablar con los estudiantes para quienes el Ingles es su segundo idioma.
JESSICA M. PARR PH.D.
Professor of History
Phone: 603.458.5145 ext. 10
Ph.D. in History (2012), University of New Hampshire at Durham
M.A. in History (2012), University of New Hampshire at Durham
M.A. in History (2005), Simmons College Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
M.S. in Archives Management (2005), Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences
B.A. in History (2000), with departmental honors, Simmons College
Dr. Parr specializes in the history of race and religion in the Early Modern Atlantic World. Her first book, Imagining George Whitefield: Race, Revivalism, and the Origins of a Religious Icon, is forthcoming from the University Press of Mississippi. Her work has received a number of fellowships and grants, including from the Boston Athenaeum, the Munson Institute, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of Early American History. She is also an editor for H-Atlantic, and a contributor to the More Than a Map(p) project. Prior to joining ACHLS, Dr. Parr taught at a number of other area colleges, including the University of New Hampshire at Manchester and Granite State College.
DAVID W. FAGERSTROM, SR.
Professor of Economic History
Phone: 603.458.5145 ext. 15
David Fagerstrom combines decades of practical business experience with seven years of teaching economics, both at the graduate and undergraduate level. He graduated with highest honors from University of Massachusetts at Lowell and earned his MBA at Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University. His empathy for continuing education students stems from earning all his degrees while working full-time days. He lives in Salem, NH, is married and has one son.
After graduation from Suffolk University he continued working full-time days and taught for four years nights at New Hampshire College. Courses included Micro Economics, Macro Economics, Principles of Management, Principles of Marketing and several other general business subjects. In 2007 he returned to teaching (while still working full-time days). At Southern New Hampshire University – Salem Center he teaches Micro and Macro Economics as well as Money and Banking and Managerial Economics. He also teaches Micro and Macro Economics at Northern Essex Community College.
KIMBERLY A. WHITWORTH
Professor of American Constitutional History
Kimberly A. Whitworth received her Juris Doctorate in 1997 from Suffolk University Law School. She maintains a solo law practice North of Boston, concentrated in areas of real property and business. An active member of the Old Concord Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Ms. Whitworth has commenced graduate study in history, with a concentration in Early Colonial New England.
ROBERT A ERICKSON
Adjunct Professor of History
Phone: 603.458.5145 ext. 14
Bob Erickson joins the ACHLS with a decade of experience teaching American History at Bunker Hill and Middlesex Community Colleges. His online history courses at BHCC have been cited for their innovative pedagogy, and he has been recognized by the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Middlesex for excellence teaching the American History Survey. He is a participant in grant-funded activities and pursuits, including Bridging Cultures: Diversity and Democracy in America in the 21st Century (The National Endowment for the Humanities’ grant), and he is a campus SoTL scholar (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning).
Bob graduated from Skidmore College with a B.A. in history and earned his M.A. in Latin American Studies with a history concentration from the University of Connecticut. His areas of academic interest are: United States-Latin American relations; education history; and teaching-learning.
Erickson is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) whose tour of duty was in Paraguay.
LAWRENCE R. VELVEL
Lawrence R. Velvel is the Founding Dean of the American College of History and Legal Studies, the Founding Dean of Massachusetts School of Law and a professor of law. Mr. Velvel is a 1963 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he served on the law review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He was a law professor from 1966-1978, first at the University of Kansas and then at Catholic University. He has been a partner in major law firms in Washington, D.C., and was the first chief counsel of an organization established to write United States Supreme Court briefs in support of state and local governments.
He has been active in Supreme Court litigation, constitutional law, antitrust law and complex litigation. He is the author of a book dealing with constitutional aspects of the Vietnam war, of many law review articles, and of articles for legal and daily newspapers. He has written numerous United States Supreme Court briefs, is editor of the MSLAW journal called The Long Term View, and serves as a host and executive producer of MSLAW's book discussion television show, Books of Our Time, which is carried by television stations nationwide. He writes a leading political blog called "Velvel On National Affairs;" his blogs have been published in three books, Blogs From The Liberal Standpoint: 2004-2005, An Enemy of the People: The Unending Battle Against Conventional Wisdom, and the just published America: 2008. The first two of these books respectively won a Bronze Medal from ForeWord Magazine, a magazine which librarians use to determine what books to recommend to readers, and a Gold Medal from the Independent Publishers Association, a major organization of independent book publishers.
MICHAEL L. COYNE
Founding Associate Dean
Michael L. Coyne is the Founding Associate Dean of the American College of History and Legal Studies, and the Associate Dean of the Massachusetts School of Law. He is a graduate of Boston Latin School, Boston State College, and Suffolk University Law School. He practiced law in Boston for many years representing clients in civil litigation matters in state and federal courts. He has been a trial attorney for many years and specializes in complex litigation. He is the author of Modern Procedural Remedies and the co-author of Trial Prep for Paralegals: Effective Case Management & Support to Attorneys in Preparation for Trial published by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the author of many articles and was previously a lecturer for a national bar review company. He also serves as Associate Producer of MSLAW's television shows and the Co-Director of Massachusetts School of Law's nationally recognized Trial Advocacy Program.
Acting Finance Director
Ms. Bowab serves as ACHLS's Acting Director of Financial Aid and Student Services. Her responsibilities include all aspects of MSLAW accounting practices, as well as Student Services, encompassing financial aid and tuition related matters.
Ms. Biswas is ACHLS's Technical Services Librarian. She received her M.S. in Information Science from Simmons College and her M.A. in Political Science from the University of Delhi. She has more than 20 years of experience in academic, corporate, and public libraries.