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Volunteers sought to help with book

Professor Rich Padova is recruiting students to help with research, writing

Northern Essex and UMass-Lowell history instructor Rich Padova is seeking NECC students who are interested in volunteering some of their time to assist in the research and writing of his third book, scheduled for release in 2020. 

Students will be able to set their own hours and work at their own pace this semester

Professor Rich Padova standing in front of a cardboard stand with newspaper clippings attached to it

Professor Rich Padova

and/or next, from any location. 

Student volunteers will also be publicly recognized and acknowledged in the book for their efforts.

In addition to learning advanced research skills and writing techniques, students will also learn about source selection, citation standards and editing, as well as historiography and, overall, the world of book publishing.

Padova’s  first book, First In The Nation (2007) is an account of his experiences on the campaign trail from 1980 to 2004 in New Hampshire’s presidential primary. 

His second book, Who Are They? (2017) looks at the lives of the second ladies (vice presidential spouses) of the U.S. from Abigail Adams to Karen Pence. 

The as-of-yet un-named third book will examine the lives of men and women who have unsuccessfully sought the U.S. presidency – some well-known and others not. 

This past summer, personal interviews were conducted with former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, former Massachusetts Gov. Mike Dukakis and former New Hampshire Sen. Bob Smith.

Students who are interested in learning more about the volunteer opportunities for the book or who have any questions may contact Padova at or leave a message on his office telephone at 978-556-3297.