Meet Our Team
Donna Cox Baker, Editor-in-Chief. In 2002 Donna left her first career as a communications director in an international computer corporation to pursue her passion for history. She took the helm at Alabama Heritage and now also acquires history texts for the University of Alabama Press. Until 2019, she will also be serving as the co-chair of the Statewide Initiatives Committee of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. Genealogy is her personal passion, and she owns and hosts a blog called “The Golden Egg Genealogist." Donna has a PhD in history and is proud to call four of Alabama’s universities her alma mater—Montevallo, Auburn, UAB, and Alabama.
Editorial and Design Team
Larry Davenport (Nature Journal) holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Alabama. He is a professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Samford University in Birmingham, where he teaches courses on general botany, plant taxonomy, and wetlands. In 2007, he was named Alabama Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Dr. Davenport has contributed his Nature Journal column to Alabama Heritage since 1993. This column inspired his award-winning book Nature Journal (University of Alabama Press, 2010).
Born in Massachusetts, Stephen Goldfarb (Reading the Southern Past) grew up in Texas where he attended public school and went on to the University of Texas, Austin, where he received a BA and MA in history, which was followed by a PhD in the history of science and technology from Case Western Reserve University. After teaching for about a decade, he went to work at a public library from which he retired in 2003. In addition to writing the book column for Alabama Heritage, he curates art exhibits and writes articles for scholarly and popular publications.
Lou Pitschmann (Revealing Hidden Collections) is the dean of libraries at The University of Alabama. Pitschmann, who earned doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Chicago, previously was associate director for collection development and management at the University of Wisconsin at Madison since 1986, overseeing areas of collection development, preservation services and facilities, and user services. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin, he served in a number of positions including deputy collections librarian at Cornell University from 1977-1986. Also while at Cornell, Pitschmann was responsible for the North European studies collections and the Fiske Icelandic collection, and served as humanities coordinator.
Samuel L. Webb (Alabama Governors) holds a JD from the University of Alabama School of Law and a PhD in history from the University of Arkansas. This department is drawn from Alabama Governors:A Political History of the State, Second Edition, edited by Webb and Margaret E. Armbrester.