Dorothy A. Boyd-Bragg, Ph.D
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dorothy A. Boyd-Bragg received her undergraduate degree in history and English from Temple University; her master’s in Reformation history from the Ohio State University; and her Ph.D. in English history from Temple University. Her master’s thesis was entitled “A Reformer Looks at His Own Time: John Knox’s History of the Reformation in Scotland”; and, her doctoral dissertation was on “Sir Francis Nethersole (1587-1659): His Life and Letters.”
Professor Boyd-Bragg has taught European, World, and American history at Drexel University and James Madison University. At the latter institution, in addition to serving as a professor of history, she served as dean of the Graduate School from 1988-2001. Currently, she is the senior research historian associated with the James Madison Center and teaching new courses for both undergraduate and graduate students in family history and genealogical research, local history, and documentary editing. The latter is a special favorite, allowing her to remain current in what she loves best, editing, writing, research, and publication.
Dorothy has published extensively. Her articles have appeared in both refereed journals and professional publications. She has published a number of volumes of primary source materials, including several transcriptions of registers of free Negroes for various Virginia counties. Her preoccupation with Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley materialized because of her relocation to the Valley and her subsequent research involving the early families who settled in the area that is now Rockingham County.
Dorothy has served on the board of many organizations, including the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society where she has filled many offices and chaired both the publication and the genealogy committees. Additionally, she is a former president of the Virginia Genealogical Society and former book review editor for the Association of Professional Genealogists’ Quarterly. She has given innumerable presentations on history and genealogical research at national and regional conferences for many years and is also a frequent contributor to both of the publications of the Virginia Genealogical Society, i.e., the newsletter and the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, and an instructor at the annual Virginia Institute of Genealogical Research (Richmond, Virginia).
While pursuing her research interests, both as a vocation and an avocation, Dorothy travels extensively, quite often with her husband, Robert L. Bragg, who fortunately shares her passion for foreign places and ethnic food. And it is her fervent hope that such travel will only increase in the future and that notebook computers and printers will continue to get smaller and smaller.