Curriculum vitae

Last updated: September 8, 2018

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Academic Positions

Assistant Professor, History Department, Framingham State University (2014-present)

Visiting Assistant Professor, History Department, Framingham State University (2012-2014)

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, American Antiquarian Society (Feb.-July 2012)

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Program in Early American Economy and Society, Library Company of Philadelphia (Fall 2011)

Lecturer, Department of History, Johns Hopkins University (2010-2011)

Education
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University (2010)

Dissertation: “The Business of Politics: Printers and the Emergence of Political Communications Networks, 1765-1776”

Fields of study: Early America and the Atlantic World, America in the Nineteenth Century, Early Modern Britain, Old Regime and Revolutionary France

M.A., The Johns Hopkins University (2007)

A.B., in History, cum laude, Harvard University (2002)

Book Manuscript in Progress

Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing, 1763–1789. Studies in Early American Economy and Society, Johns Hopkins University Press. Forthcoming, 2019

The Rise and Fall of the Post Office in America. Under contract with Harvard University Press.

Publications

Articles and Chapters

“Who Tells Your Story?: Hamilton as a People’s History.” In Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America’s Past, edited by Renee C. Romano and Claire Bond Potter, 277–96. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2018.

With Victoria E. M. Gardner. “News in the Age of Revolution.” In Making News: The Political Economy of Journalism in Britain and America from the Glorious Revolution to the Internet, edited by Richard R. John and Jonathan Silberstein-Loeb, 47–72. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

“Transatlantic Migration and the Printing Trade in Revolutionary America,” special issue on The Worlds of Mathew Carey, guest edited by Cathy Matson and James N. Green, Early American Studies 11, no. 2 (Fall 2013): 516-44.

“‘A constitutional Conveyance of Intelligence, public and private:’ The Post Office, the Business of Printing, and the American Revolution,” Enterprise & Society 11, no. 4 (2010): 709-52.

Shorter Works

“William Bradford (1722-1791),” in Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment, ed. Mark G. Spencer (New York: Continuum, forthcoming 2014).

“Imprimeures dans les colonies britanniques [Amérique du Nord XVIIe-XVIIIe siècle],” in Dictionnaire Universel des femmes créatrices, edited by Béatrice Didier, Antoinette Fouque, Mireille Calle-Gruber, and Sonia Rykiel, 3 vols. (Paris: Éditions des Femmes, 2013), 2: 2094. [Women Printers in the British Colonies (North America, 17th-18th centuries)]

Reviews

How the Post Office Created America: A History, by Winifred Gallagher, Business History Review 90, no. 4 (Winter 2016): 783–85, doi: 10.1017/S0007680517000125.

A New Nation Votes: American Election Returns, 1787–1825, Journal of American History 103, no. 1 (June 2016): 297–98.

Empowering Words: Outsiders and Authorship in Early America, by Karen Weyler, Journal of Southern History 80, no. 4 (Nov. 2014): 942–43.

Coming of the American Revolution, 1764-1776 and Mission USJournal of American History 99, no. 4 (March 2013): 1330-1332.

“A Transatlantic Culture of News?” Review of Reading Newspapers: Press and Public in Eighteenth-Century Britain and America, by Uriel Heyd, Common-place, October 2012.

Scandal & Civility: Journalism and the Birth of American Democracy, by Marcus Daniel, J-History, H-Net Reviews, Sept. 2011.

The Postal Age: The Emergence of Modern Communications in Nineteenth-Century America, by David M. Henkin, in Technology & Culture 49, no. 1 (2008): 272-73.

Other Publications

“Did Hamilton Write Too Much for His Own Good?” Public Seminar, Nov. 9, 2017.

“The Power of the Press in the American Revolution,” guest host, Ben Franklin’s World, episode 156, Oct. 17, 2017.

“‘Meer Mechanics’ No More: How Printers Shaped Information in the Revolutionary Age,” Age of Revolutions, Sept. 11, 2017.

“National Endowment for the Humanities Cuts Would Harm Local Communities,” Framingham Source, June 3, 2017.

“Free from the Government: The Eighteenth-Century Origins of Press Freedom,” We’re History, Jan. 17, 2017.

“George Washington, Man of Mystery,” TheAtlantic.com, Feb. 15, 2016.

USPS Folly Foreshadowed by Confederate Post Office,” Echoes blog, Bloomberg News, Feb. 7, 2013.

The Postal Service Is a Civic Institution, Not a Business,” TheAtlantic.com, Apr. 25, 2012.

Mobilizing the Public Against Censorship, 1765 and 2012,” TheAtlantic.com, Jan. 23, 2012.

Contributor, Publick Occurrences 2.0 blog, Common-place.

Contributor, The Junto.

Work in Progress

“Business, Propaganda, and the American Revolution.” In preparation for Early American Studies, special issue on propaganda and the American Revolution.

“‘Your Thirst after News must now be very Ardent:’ Transatlantic Letter-Writing and Colonial Newspapers in the Age of Revolution.” In preparation.

“With ‘Unanimity, Spirit and Zeal’: The Boston Tea Party and the Production of Revolutionary News.” In preparation.

Academic Awards and Honors

Junior Prize, Rita Lloyd Moroney Award for Scholarship in Postal History, United States Postal Service, for “‘A Constitutional Conveyance of Intelligence,” 2011.

Alexander Butler Prize, JHU History Department, May 2005.

Fellowships and Grants

Course Release, Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship, and Service, Framingham State University, Spring 2016

Research Presentation Grant, Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship, and Service, Framingham State University, Fall 2013

Curriculum Development Grant, Committee on Diversity and InclusionFramingham State University, Spring 2013

Professional Development Grant, Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship, and ServiceFramingham State University, Spring 2013

Dissertation Fellow, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Declined, Fall 2009

Dissertation Fellow, Doris G. Quinn Foundation, 2008-2009

Short-Term Fellow, Program in Early American Economy and Society, Library Company of Philadelphia, Feb. 2009

Isaiah Thomas Travel Grant, American Antiquarian Society, June 2008

Travel Grant,  JHU Graduate Representative Organization, June 2008

Research Fellow, New York Public Library, Gilder-Lehrman Institute, Nov. 2007

McLean Contributionship Fellow, Library Company of Philadelphia, July 2007

Stephen Botein Fellow, American Antiquarian Society, June 2007

Research Associate, McNeil Center for Early American Studies2006-2007

Frederick Jackson Turner Travel Bursary, JHU History Department, Mar. 2007, Jan. 2010

Isaac Comly Martindale Fund Resident Fellow, American Philosophical Society, Sept. 2006

Research Fellow, David Library of the American Revolution, July 2006

Graduate Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 2004-2008, 2009-2010

Teaching Experience

Framingham State University

HIST 120 American Lives

HIST 151 United States History to Reconstruction

HIST 152 United States History Since Reconstruction

HIST 225 Historiography

HIST 250 Historical Research and Writing

HSTA 304 American Revolution

HSTA 306 Early American Republic

HSTA 321 Media and Communications in American History

HSTW 301 Native American History, 1500-1800

HSTW 345 Networks and Empires: Economic History of the Atlantic World

HIST 490 Independent Study in History (Topic: Digital History)

HNRS 480 Honors Program Thesis/Project (1st reader on 1 thesis, 2nd reader on 2 theses)

The Johns Hopkins University

Creating the News: Media and Politics in Early America, Spring 2011

Revolutionary America, Fall 2010

Presentations

“Independent Student Projects in Digital Humanities,” CELTSS Brown-Bag Series, Framingham State University, April 2017

Workshop Leader, “The Maturing Blogosphere of Early America,” joint meeting of the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture and the Society of Early Americanists, Chicago, June 2015

“Online Engagement and New Audiences for Scholarship,” Gender Interest Group Works-in-Progress Series, Framingham State University, March 2015

“Reading and Writing: Turning the Interdisciplinary Page in Early America,” Economic History’s Many Muses, Program in Early American Economy and Society, Library Company of Philadelphia, Oct. 2014

“Using Social Media in the Classroom,” with Meredith O’Brien-Weiss, CELTSS January Day, Framingham State University, Jan. 2014.

“The Triumph of Profit-Seeking: The Post Office Becomes the Postal Service,” American Historical Association, Washington, DC, Jan. 2014

Discussant, “Setting Up Shop: Domesticating Global Business in the Age of Revolution,” Business History Conference, Columbus, OH, Mar. 2013

Panel Chair, “The Trading Nation,” Ireland, America, and the Worlds of Mathew Carey, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, Nov. 2011

“Immigrant Printers and the Creation of Information Networks in Revolutionary America,” Ireland, America, and the Worlds of Mathew Carey, Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 2011

“With ‘Unanimity, Spirit and Zeal:’ Printers and Representations of Public Opinion in the Revolutionary Media,” OIEAHC 17th Annual Conference, New Paltz, NY, June 2011

“Printers’ Networks and the Business of Producing Political News in Revolutionary America,” Business History Conference, St. Louis, MO, Apr. 2011

“Creating the News: Printers and the Circulation of Political News in Revolutionary America,” American Historical Association, San Diego, CA, Jan. 2010

“‘The News of the Killing Stamp:’ Business and Politics in Printers’ Reactions to the Stamp Act,” Early American Literature and Material Texts Summer Workshop, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Philadelphia, PA (dissertation chapter draft), July 2009

“‘Your Thirst after News must now be very Ardent:’ Transatlantic Letter-Writing and the Construction of the Pennsylvania Gazette, 1760-1772,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Richmond, VA, Mar. 2009

“‘The News of the Killing Stamp:’ Business and Politics in Printers’ Reactions to the Stamp Act,” Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, Savannah, GA, Feb. 2009

“The Circuits of Revolution: Printers and the Transmission of Political Discourse, 1763-1776,” New York Metro American Studies Association, New York, NY, Nov. 2008

“‘A constitutional Conveyance of Intelligence, publick and private:’ The Business and Politics of Printers and the Creation of an American Post Office, 1773-1789,” Organization of American Historians, Minneapolis, MN, Mar. 2007

“‘Erecting a Post Office upon Constitutional Principles:’ The Post Office, Printers, and Politics in the American Colonies, 1773-1776,” American Seminar, JHU History Department (pre-circulated paper), Mar. 2005

Invited Talks

“Black & White & Read All Over: Circulating News in Post-Civil War America,” Lifelong Learning Series, Framingham Public Library, April 2018.

“Bulwark of Liberty: The Revolutionary Origins of Freedom of the Press,” Waterstone at Wellesley, October 2017.

“Constitution 101,” Social Justice Ministry, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Framingham, MA, May 2017.

“Digital Humanities and Early American History,” with Liz Covart, American Origins Seminar, USC-Early Modern Studies Institute, Pasadena, CA, Oct. 2016.

“Common Carrier: The Post Office in American Life,” Lifelong Learning Series, Framingham Public Library, April 2016.

“A Revolution by Post,” keynote address, Members Dinner, Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History, Weston, MA, Oct. 2015.

“News of the Killing Stamp:” Information Networks and the Stamp Act Crisis, Twelfth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution, Fort Ticonderoga, Sept. 2015.

“The New England Economy in the Early Republic,” Old Towns/New Country, Framingham History Center, Sept. 2014.

“Liberty’s News: How the Media Shaped the American Revolution,” Lifelong Learning Series, Framingham Public Library, April 2014

“Two Countries, Two Presses: Making News in the Age of Revolutions, 1775-1815,” with Victoria E.M. Gardner, “Free Market, Free Press? The Political Economy of News Reporting in the Anglo-American World since 1688,” Columbia University, Nov. 2012

“The Post Office as Civic Institution in Civil War America,” Keynote address, Seventh Annual Postal History Symposium, “Blue & Gray: Mail and the Civil War,” Bellefonte, PA, Nov. 2012

“National Productions: Rebuilding Print Networks in the Confederation Period,” AAS Regional Seminar, Worcester, MA, Oct. 2012

“‘Adieu to the Liberty of the Press:’ The Stamp Act and the Limits of Media Regulation,” Constitution Day lecture, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Sept. 2012

“The Importance of History in the 21st Century,” keynote address, Phi Alpha Theta induction ceremony, Department of History, Framingham State University, Apr. 2012

“Print and Popular Politics,” guest lecture in “Pursuits of Happiness: Ordinary Lives in the American Revolution,” Prof. Richard J. Bell, University of Maryland, College Park, Feb. 2012

“‘Extracts from Some Rebel Papers:’ Patriots, Loyalists, and the Perils of Wartime Printing,” McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Philadelphia, PA (pre-circulated paper), Feb. 2012

“With ‘Unanimity, Spirit and Zeal’: The Boston Tea Party and the Production of Revolutionary News,” Columbia Seminar on Early American History, New York, NY (pre-circulated paper), Dec. 2011

Professional Service

Assistant Editor, Digital Initiatives, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2014–present

Assistant Producer, Ben Franklin’s World podcast, 2017–present

Editor, Ask the Author column, Common-place: The Journal of Early American Life, 2014–2017

Core Committee, Digital Isaiah, American Antiquarian Society, Summer 2016

Program Committee, 38th Annual Meeting, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, New Haven, CT, 2016

Manuscript and Proposal Reviewer for: National Endowment of the Humanities-Office of Digital Humanities, Broadview Press, American Periodicals, Early American Studies, Information & Culture, Journal of the Early Republic, Political Studies

Judge, AHA Today Blogging Contest, Summer 2015

Framingham State University

Member, All-University Committee, 2016–2018 (Vice Chair, 2017–2018; Secretary, 2016–2017)

Chair, Faculty Subcommittee, Civic Learning Engagement and Outreach Initiative, 2015–2017

Member, Web Management Team, 2015–2017

Department Liaison, CELTSS Steering Committee, 2014–2016

Web Content Coordinator, History Department, 2014–present

Co-Advisor, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, 2013–present

Member, Task Force on Training History Educators, 2013-2014

Presenter, History Skills Workshop, 2013-2014

Peer Mentor, First-Year Faculty Mentoring Program, 2013-2014

Organizer, Native American History lecture series, Spring 2013

Search Committee, Modern European History, 2012-13

Johns Hopkins University

Coordinator, Atlantic History Seminar, 2007-2010
Co-President, History Graduate Student Association, 2005-2006
Treasurer, History Graduate Student Association, 2004-2005
Faculty Research Assistant, 2005-2010

Professional Development

Early American Literature and Material Texts Initiative, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, led by Matthew P. Brown July 2009

Summer Seminar in the History of the Book, American Antiquarian Society June 2008

Topic: “The Newspaper and the Culture of Print in the Early American Republic,” led by David Paul Nord and John Nerone

Professional Affiliations

American Historical Association

Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

Society for Historians of the Early American Republic

Business History Conference

Other Employment

Project Associate, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, 2010-2011

Communications Director, Office of New York State Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky, 2002-2004

References available upon request.