Joseph M. Adelman is an Associate Professor in the History Department at Framingham State University in Framingham, Massachusetts. 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 in the journals Enterprise & Society and Early American Studies, TheAtlantic.com, Bloomberg, and as a blogger at the Junto. In 2019, Adelman was elected as a Member of the American Antiquarian Society.
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.