I am a doctoral candidate in American history at Boston University, and assistant editor of the Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society, an editorial project that has published nearly fifty scholarly editions of the personal and public papers written, accumulated, and preserved by President John Adams and his family. I find that documentary editing allows me to combine my editorial background in print journalism with my historical research interests. Thus far, my full-time duties at the Adams Papers have included transcription of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century manuscripts, annotation, tandem proofreading, tracking, and accessioning documents from other institutions, production, and indexing. I also work on the production of our digital content, with a special focus on supplying and editing new research tools for older, established datasets, and the maintenance of our ever-evolving, item-level catalog of all known Adams documents held here and at other institutions.
In my graduate coursework and published research, I have focused on diverse topics in Anglo-American religion and the role of regional literature in shaping national identity. My dissertation, “Creating Adams Family Values,” is a history of religion in the Adams family of Massachusetts from 1583 to 1927, charting the “cosmopolitan Christianity” that the Adamses developed while acting as transnational agents of American politics and culture. I’m an active participant in the newly formed Boston-Area Digital Humanities Consortium, and here at The Junto, I cover news and reviews of digital initiatives.