President

Massachusetts Historical Society Boston, MA

Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) has selected Dr. Catherine Allgor as its next President, effective October 2017.

Catherine Allgor comes to the MHS from the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, where she served as the Nadine and Robert A. Skotheim Director of Education and Volunteers. In that capacity she was responsible for the Huntington’s extensive education programs and oversaw a staff of 20 full- and part-time employees and a 1,100--member volunteer corps. Before joining The Huntington in 2013, Dr. Allgor was Professor of History and UC Presidential Chair at the University of California, Riverside. She has also taught at Claremont McKenna College, Harvard University, and Simmons College.

Dr. Allgor is s a leading historian and has created and taught numerous courses in women's history, American history, the history of race and slavery, and political history at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is known for her scholarly work on Dolley Madison and Louisa Catherine Adams, among others. Her political biography, A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation (Henry Holt, 2006), was a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize. President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Allgor to a presidential commission, The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation.

Catherine Allgor holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Mt. Holyoke College, and two master’s degrees and a doctorate in history from Yale University.

Anita Tien led this search with Micah Pierce.