Sara Georgini

SEG PhotoI earned my Ph.D. in American history at Boston University (2016), and I am the Series Editor for The Papers of John Adams, part of the Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society, an editorial project that has published nearly 50 scholarly editions of the personal and public papers written, accumulated, and preserved by President John Adams and his family.  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 work and published research, I have focused on diverse topics in Anglo-American religion and the role of regional literature in shaping national identity. My book, “Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family,” (Oxford University Press, 2018) is a history of faith and doubt in one American family, charting the cosmopolitan Christianity that the Adamses developed while acting as transnational agents of American politics and culture. I have been a HASTAC Scholar (2013-2014), and here at The Junto, I cover news  of digital initiatives, as well as book history, documentary editing, public history, material culture, and American religion. For a behind-the-scenes look at historical editing and the story of John Adams’ first meeting with King George III, go here. For an overview of the Adams-Jefferson relationship, as featured in C-SPAN’s 2015 series on Landmark Cases, see here and here. And more recently: contributing posts on early America for the Society for U.S. Intellectual History’s prize-winning blog and to

On Twitter: @sarageorgini