Last updated: September 8, 2018
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)
Lecturer, Department of History, Johns Hopkins University (2010-2011)
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.
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.
“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)]
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.
“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.
“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 Inclusion, Framingham State University, Spring 2013
Professional Development Grant, Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship, and Service, Framingham 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
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
“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
“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
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
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
American Historical Association
Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
Business History Conference
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.