Mark Boonshoft

BoonshoftI received my Ph.D. in early American history from Ohio State University in 2015 and am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the New York Public Library. I received my B.A., also in history, from the University at Buffalo (SUNY).

My research focuses on  political, religious, and social history. My current project, a revised version of my dissertation, is tentatively titled Monarchical Education and the Making of the American Republic, 1730,1812. I have also published a number of essays, including “The Litchfield Network: Education, Social Capital, and the Rise and Fall of a Political Dynasty, 1784–1833,” which appeared in the Journal of the Early Republic (Fall 2014), and “Doughfaces at the Founding: Federalists, Anti-Federalists, Slavery, and the Ratification of the Constitution in New York,” which was published in New York History (Summer 2012).  Additionally, my essay on “The Great Awakening, Presbyterian Education, and the Mobilization of Power in the Revolutionary Mid-Atlantic,” will be published in The American Revolution Reborn: New Perspectives for the 21st Century, an edited volume due out with the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2016.

At NYPL, I work on the Early American Manuscripts Project, an effort to digitize and make freely available large portion of the library’s manuscripts from the colonial, revolutionary, and early republic periods. Over at, you can often find me blogging about collections as well as the methodological and pedagogical questions and challenges that digitization raises. You can contact me here.