Joseph M. Adelman is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at Framingham State University in Framingham, Massachusetts. A historian of media, communication, and politics in the Atlantic world, he is currently at work on two book projects. The first examines the business of printing and the circulation of political news between 1763 and 1789, and the second is a general 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 David Library of the American Revolution, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute for American History, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Doris G. Quinn Foundation. He has presented and published broadly, including in the journals Enterprise & Society and Early American Studies, TheAtlantic.com, Bloomberg, and as a blogger at Common-place.org. Adelman won the 2011 Rita Lloyd Moroney Junior Prize for Scholarship in Postal History from the U.S. Postal Service for his article, “‘A Constitutional Conveyance of Intelligence, Public and Private.’”
He also serves as the Assistant Editor for Digital Initiatives at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, where he edits The Octo and is an Assistant Producer for the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, and writes for The Junto and the Publick Occurrences 2.0 blog at Common-place.