Before becoming a historian, Hepler was a journalist, printer, and house builder. History was something she became excited about when she took a US History course at night at the University of Maine at Augusta, 15 years after she graduated from college. She is the author of McCarthyism in the Suburbs: Quakers, Communists, and the Children’s Librarian. She’s also the author of Women in Labor: Mothers, Medicine, and Occupational Health in the US and other articles on women and workplace health. Turning to Maine history, she co-authored an article on “Downeast Divas,” and is active in a variety of local history projects. She is also an elected official, serving the Town of Woolwich on the select board and is a state Representative in the Maine State Legislature. When not teaching at or commuting to UMF from her midcoast home, she messes about with boats at Rob’s boat shop, and is an elected official. She was the 2014-5 UMF Trustee Professor.
- 1996 PhD Temple University
- 1976 BA Indiana University of Pennsylvania