In the Media

Public Writing

“It’s Finally Ben Franklin’s Time in the Sun,” Slate, Apr. 4, 2022

“The media revolution that guided Paul Revere’s ride,” Washington Post, Apr. 19, 2019

“Did Hamilton Write Too Much for His Own Good?” Public Seminar, Nov. 9, 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,”, Feb. 15, 2016

“USPS Folly Was Foreshadowed by Confederate Post Office,” Bloomberg: Echoes, Feb. 7, 2013

“The Postal Service is a Civic Institution, Not a Business,”, Apr. 25, 2012

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

Contributor at Publick Occurrences 2.0 and The Junto


Guest host, Ben Franklin’s World

  • Episode 156, “The Power of the Press in the American Revolution,” part of Doing History: To the Revolution!, Oct. 17, 2017
  • Episode 100, “Behind-the-Scenes with Liz Covart and Ben Franklin’s World,” Sept., 20, 2016

As a guest:


“The German-American Newspaper That Got the Scoop on American Independence,” Atlas Obscura, July 3, 2019

“A look into Massachusetts’ participation in the slave trade,” Metrowest Daily News, March 4, 2018

Interview for “Campus Celebrity” feature, HerCampus Framingham, Oct. 27, 2015

“The Books Virginia Colonists Were Buying in the Decade before the Revolution,” The Vault, Slate, Apr. 24, 2015

“Framingham State: Bibb was a pioneering teacher,” MetroWest Daily News, Apr. 7, 2014

“US Postal Service Could Be ‘Stamped Out,'” RIA Novosti, Nov. 29, 2012

The Gatepost Interview (Framingham State University student newspaper), Oct. 19, 2012

“Spreading the Word: How colonial printers and postmasters furthered the cause,” by John R. Quain, U.S. News & World ReportMysteries of History: The American Revolution (special issue), Feb. 2012

“What the U.S. Postal Service Cutbacks Mean for Your Family,”, Dec. 6, 2011