Meet the Faculty

Project Co-Directors

Elisabeth Nevins, M.S.Ed.

Seed Education Consulting |

Elisabeth Nevins runs Seed Education Consulting where she advises on and creates educational experiences and interpretive content for numerous museums and historic sites. She has worked in the education departments of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Connecticut Historical Society, and Historic New England. She holds a B.A. in history from Yale University and an M.S.Ed. in museum education and early adolescent education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education.

Project Faculty

Kathleen Barker, M.A.

Director of the Center for the Teaching of History
Massachusetts Historical Society

Kathleen Barker is the Director of the Center for the Teaching of History at the Massachusetts Historical Society, where she creates professional development programs and resources for K-12 teachers and their students. She serves as co-coordinator of Massachusetts History Day, acting as a liaison between participants and local repositories and organizations. She earned degrees in history from the University of Michigan and Northeastern University, and she is currently completing a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University.

Lisa Brooks, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English & American Studies
Amherst College

Lisa Brooks is Associate Professor of English & American Studies, Amherst College and the author of The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast. Her research extends from her Abenaki homeland throughout New England to transnational networks. A Whiting fellow, Brooks is completing a book and website that places King Philip’s war in Indigenous geographies. She received her Ph.D. in English, with a minor in American Indian Studies, from Cornell University in 2004.

Suzi Fonda, M.A.

Manager of Teacher Programs and School Partnerships
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Suzi Fonda has been a member of the Education department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston since 2007, first as the Manager of School Programs and currently as the Manager of Teacher Programs and School Partnerships. Suzi holds a BA in history from Mount Holyoke College, an MA in history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and an MA in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. In 2014 she was named the Massachusetts Art Education Association’s Museum Art Educator of the Year.

Tobias Glaza, M.S.

Assistant Executive Editor
Yale Indian Papers Project

A former senior researcher at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and land management coordinator for the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation, Tobias holds a M.A in Ethnobotany from Connecticut College. In addition to his more recent work with Connecticut Native people, he has worked for the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission and on a variety of projects in New England including the Boston Harbor Islands Ethnographic Assessment for the National Park Service and the federal recognition efforts of the Eastern Pequot, the Hassanamisco Band of Nipmuc in Massachusetts, and Shinnecock Tribe of Long Island, New York.

Paul Grant-Costa, Ph.D., J.D.

Director, Executive Editor
Yale Indian Papers Project

Paul J. Grant-Costa, Ph.D., J.D., is Executive Editor, The Yale Indian Papers Project. He has worked as Senior Researcher at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center. As a lead historical researcher on a number of federal recognition projects, he worked with tribal councils, tribal historians, lawyers, and anthropologists across New England. He holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Linguistics from the Univ. of Connecticut, a J.D. (International Law and Human Rights) from the Univ. of Connecticut School of Law, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University.

Ronald Grim, Ph.D.

Curator of Maps
Leventhal Map Center at Boston Public Library

Ronald Grim is Curator of Maps at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center. He previously worked 33 years with the nation’s two largest map collections at the National Archives and the Library of Congress. He taught historical geography of North America and maps as sources at George Washington University and the University of Maryland, College Park. He is Book Review Editor of Imago Mundi, the international journal for the history of cartography. He holds a Ph.D. in historical geography from the University of MD, College Park.

Kevin McBride, Ph.D.

Director of Research
Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

Kevin McBride is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Connecticut and director of research at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center in Mashantucket, Conn. McBride oversees field study programs on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation for graduate students. A specialist in the Colonial and Native American archaeology and history in the Northeast, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Assumption College and his master’s and doctoral degrees in archeology from the University of Connecticut.

Len von Morzé, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
University of Massachusetts, Boston

Len von Morzé is Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, with expertise in Atlantic Studies and literature of the American colonial and revolutionary periods and of the early Republic. He is co-editor of Urban Identity and the Atlantic World (Palgrave, 2013) and curated an exhibition at the Boston Public Library entitled “Sermons, Slavery, and Scandal: The Printed Worlds of Early Boston, 1660-1830”. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley.

David Naumec, M.A.

Senior Historian and Staff Archaeologist
Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center

David J. Naumec is the Senior Historian and Staff Archaeologist at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. Mr. Naumec serves as the military historian and archaeologist for all museum Battlefield Archaeology projects. He holds a B.A in Public History Administration from the University of Connected and has completed a Master’s Degree in History & Museum Studies from Tufts University. Mr. Naumec specializes in Connecticut History, Early American History, and American Military History and has worked as a museum professional and research consultant at the Pequot Museum since 2000. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Margaret Wickens Pearce, Ph.D.

Studio 1:1 LLC, Rockland, ME
Faculty Associate, University of Maine

Margaret Pearce is a cartographer based in Rockland, Maine. In addition to her own imprints, her 2015-2016 clients include the Canadian-American Center of the University of Maine, the National Museum of the American Indian-NY, and Penobscot Cultural & Historic Preservation Department of Penobscot Nation. She has 18 years of experience as a geography faculty member, most recently as Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Kansas. She is an enrolled member of Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

Project Lead Teacher

Natacha Scott, M.A.T.

Director of History and Social Studies Instructional Research and Development
Boston Public Schools

Natacha has been a member of the Boston Public Schools for the past 10 years beginning her journey as a third grade teacher at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School after graduating from Northeastern University with a Masters in Teaching and a Bachelors concentrated in Public History. Natacha worked with the BPS History Department in several different capacities including curriculum writer, elementary coach, and assistant director developing curriculum resources and workshops to support teachers with designing engaging and meaningful learning experiences students.