The Jane Addams Papers at Ramapo College of New Jersey


2016-2017 from left: Katherine, Emily, Julianne, Paul, Allie, Bert, Meg, Dara, Cathy, Sam, Tori, Sara Catherine, Renee, and Sarah.


Cathy Moran Hajo (Editor/Director)

Hajo-Cathy-Moran-9.18.15-02-121x182Cathy Moran Hajo holds a B.A. from Ramapo College of New Jersey (’86),  a certificate in archival management, and an M.A.(’88), and Ph.D. from New York University (’06). Before bringing the Addams Papers to Ramapo, she worked for over 25 years as the Associate Editor and Assistant Director of the Margaret Sanger Papers at New York University. Cathy helped edit the 101 reels of the Margaret Sanger Papers Microfilm Edition, the four volume Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger, and two digital publications, Margaret Sanger and The Woman Rebel and the Public Writings and Speeches of Margaret Sanger, 1911–1960.  She published Birth Control on Main Street: Organizing Clinics in the United States, 1916–1939 (’10).

She has taught graduate courses in digital history at both NYU and William Paterson University, and co-teaches a one-week course on digital editions at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, and the one-week Institute for Editing Historical Documents.  Cathy was the president of the Association for Documentary Editing from 2008 to 2009 and has held many committee roles and offices with the Association. She is also a board member and archival director for the Mahwah Museum.

Contact information:, 201-684-7741.

Victoria Sciancalepore (Assistant Editor)

Victoria Sciancalepore is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey, with a double major in Literature and American Studies (’14). Before taking the assistant editor position, she interned at the Margaret Sanger Papers at NYU, working on the project’s digital edition, at the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, working in public relations and the archive, and at the Mahwah Museum, as an archival assistant who cataloged and scanned historical records. Tori recently attended the Association for Documentary Editing’s Institute for Editing Historical Documents, held in New Orleans.

Stacy Pratt McDermott (Assistant Editor)

stacymcdermottStacy Pratt McDermott earned a Ph.D. in American History in 2007 from the University of Illinois and is the author of two books–Mary Lincoln: Southern Girl, Northern Woman (Routledge, 2015) and The Jury in Lincoln’s America (Ohio University Press, 2012). She spent twenty years at the Papers of Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, where she was an editor on The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Legal Documents and Cases (University of Virginia Press, 2008) and served as the project’s assistant director and associate editor. She lives in St. Louis with her two little dogs and her husband, who is a political reporter at the Post-Dispatch.

Ellen Skerrett

Ellen Skerrett has a M.A. from the University of Chicago (1974), and has conducted Chicago-based archival research for the JAPP since 2006. She is an expert on Chicago and Jane Addams, having worked as associate editor of the web-based Urban Experience in Chicago: Hull-House and its Neighbors, 1889-1963 and has written many books on Chicago.

Anthony Gramuglia

Anthony Gramuglia is a proofreader at the project.


2017 – Emily, Utkarsh, Cathy and Tori

Paul Brennan is an Editorial Assistant. He is a sophomore at Ramapo College of New Jersey, majoring in literature.

Kelsey Maria Cloughery is a Research Assistant

Alexandra Davies is a Research Assistant.

Renee Delora is an Editorial Assistant. She grew up in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. She is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she majored in history. After completing her teaching certificate in the fall, she hopes to teach high school or middle school social studies.


Christina, 2016

Christina Dwyer is an Editorial Assistant. She is a junior at Ramapo College of New Jersey, majoring in literature and elementary education.

Emily Dzuback is an Research Assistant.

Talia Felner is an Editorial Assistant.

Jenny Hubert is the Publicity Assistant. She is a senior at Ramapo College of New Jersey majoring in communications with a writing concentration and a minor in literature. When not writing blogs or studying, she is planning events as the president of Disney Club.

Kyle Huntley is an Editorial Assistant.

Sara Catherine Lichon is an Editorial Assistant. She is a senior at Ramapo College of New Jersey majoring in History and minoring in International Studies, and is also a member of the Honors Program. Outside of academics, Sara Catherine is a member of Orchidstra, a barbershop quartet, of which she is their business manager.

Dara McGuinness is a Research Assistant. She is currently a junior at Ramapo College, majoring in History and a minor in Anthropology. In addition to her studies, Dara is Secretary of the Ramapo History Club, and she is involved with the Ramapo News, Building Tomorrow and is a volunteer at the Historic Village of Allaire at Allaire State Park, New Jersey.

Samantha Risman is an Editorial Assistant.

Michael D. Romano is an Editorial Assistant.


  • Claudia Esker (Ramapo College)
  • Barbara Gombach (Columbia University)
  • Kortney Kotow (Marywood University)

Omeka Developers

  • Anneliese Dehner (Portland, OR)
  • Daniel Berthereau (Canada)

Advisory Board

Mary Lynn Bryan, editor of the Jane Addams Papers, retired (Fayetteville, NC), for her expertise in Jane Addams’ life and connections with archivists, museum curators, and others working with Addams materials.

Wendy Chmielewski, Curator of the Swarthmore College Peace Collection (Swarthmore, PA), co-editor of Jane Addams and the Practice of Democracy (2009), for her expertise with Jane Addams, the history of the peace movement, and access to materials at Swarthmore College.

Marilyn Fischer, Department of Philosophy, University of Dayton, co-editor of Jane Addams and the Practice of Democracy (2009), and Jane Addams’s Writings on Peace (2003); for her expertise on political philosophy, American pragmatism, and Jane Addams.

Ann D. Gordon, editor of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Papers, retired (New Brunswick, NJ), for her knowledge of Addams’ life, and advice on research and editing.

Esther Katz, editor of the Margaret Sanger Papers, New York University (New York, NY), for her knowledge of the history of the 20th century and the Progressive Era, and editing.

Louise W. Knight, author of two Addams biographies, Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy (2005) and Jane Addams: Spirit in Action (2010), for her expertise on Jane Addams.

Patrick Murray-John, Omeka Dev Team Manager (RRCHNM, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia), for his expertise with the Omeka platform, and plugin development. The RRCHMN will donate 3 % of his time to consult with the editor and programmer.

Carter Jones Meyer, Professor of History, Ramapo College of New Jersey, for her expertise on late nineteenth and early twentieth century history and for her assistance selecting Ramapo students and fellows.

Stephen P. Rice, Dean of the Salameno School for Humanities and Global Studies, Ramapo College of New Jersey (Mahwah, NJ), for assistance and advice on positioning the JAPP at Ramapo, working with its faculty and students, and help selecting the Fellow.

Rima Lunin Schultz, creator of Women Building Chicago 1790-1990: A Biographical Dictionary, and Urban Experience in Chicago: Hull-House and Its Neighborhoods, 1889-1963 website for her knowledge of Addams, Chicago women, and Hull-House.

Jennifer Scott, director of the Jane Addams-Hull-House Museum, for her knowledge of Addams and Hull-House.

Jennifer Stertzer, Senior editor at the George Washington Papers and Manager of Digital Programs at the Center for Digital Editing at the University of Virginia.

Stacie Taranto, Assistant Professor of History, Ramapo College of New Jersey, for her expertise in women’s history and for her assistance selecting Ramapo students and fellows.

Former Staff


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Julianne De Lisi (2015-2017)

Samuel Dresher (2017)

Jeffrey B. Fischer (2015-2016)

Sarah Gallopo (2016-2017)

Anamika Khanal (2017)

Robert Piper (2016)

Margaret Szydlik (2016-2017)

Katherine Talian (2016)

Utkarsh Uprety (2017)

Editorial Staff of the Jane Addams Papers at Duke University

Mary Lynn Bryan, Editor

Maree de Angury, Assistant-to-the-Editor

Barbara Bair, Consulting Associate Editor

Ellen Skerrett, Chicago historian

Richard R. Seidel, Chicago researcher

Fred Cuddy, Web designer and project IT

Allen F. Davis, Advisory Committee

Anne F. Scott, Advisory Committee

David Chesnutt, Advisory Committee