Joseph M. Adelman is an Associate Professor of History at Framingham State University and a Project Coordinator for the Across America, 1776 initiative at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. A historian of media, communication, and politics in the Atlantic world, he recently published his first book, entitled Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763-1789 (JHU Press, 2019). It was awarded an Honorable Mention for the 2019 St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize from the Bibliographical Society of America. He is now at work on a history of the Post Office in America.
Adelman earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard University and a master’s and Ph.D. in history from the Johns Hopkins University. He was previously a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society, a postdoctoral fellow in the Program in Early American Economy and Society at the Library Company of Philadelphia, and served as a Lecturer in the History Department at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, Adelman has worked as Communications Director to a member of the New York State Assembly and as a consultant for the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. He has held fellowships and grants from the American Antiquarian Society, the American Philosophical Society, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute for American History, and the Library Company of Philadelphia, among others. He has presented and published broadly, including Slate, The Washington Post, TheAtlantic.com, Bloomberg, and as a blogger at the Junto. He also serves as an Assistant Producer for the Ben Franklin’s World podcast. In 2019, Adelman was elected as a Member of the American Antiquarian Society.