As centuries-long injustices against black and brown persons continue today, the University remains committed to supporting and educating students, faculty and staff on our mission and values centered on inclusion, diversity and equity. Read more


Westfield State University was recently made aware of disturbing social media matters. We take these matters seriously and the University is assessing and addressing them under appropriate policies and procedures. Read President Torrecilha’s message to the campus community on this matter.


Harry Stessel

Harry Stessel, Professor

Office: Bates 103
Phone: (413) 572-5684
  • Ph.D. in American Civilization, University of Pennsylvania, 1980
  • M.A. in American Civilization, University of Pennsylvania, 1972
  • M.A. in English, University of Chicago, 1960
  • B.A. in Writing for Film and Television, University of North Carolina, 1959