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Director of Publications
Photograph of Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia in 1978 with a B.A. in English and certification in Elementary Education. She received an M.A. in Liberal Arts Education in 1986. After teaching seventh grade from 1978 to 1981 at St. Bernadette School in Drexel Hill, PA, Ms. McDonald worked as a copy editor for TV Guide Magazine in Radnor, PA for eight years and a Senior Production Editor for P.M. Gordon Associates in Philadelphia, PA for twelve years. She came to the American Philosophical Society in August 2001. As Director of Publications, Ms. McDonald oversees the editing and production of all publications, including a quarterly journal and paperback and case-bound monographs, as well as other small and large publications. She manages and supervises a small editorial staff and works with a select team of outside vendors to handle the composition and printing of the books.