The News Media and the Making of America, 1730–1800

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for School Teachers

July 27 to August 1, 2020 - Worcester, Massachusetts

Institute Staff and Instructors

David Paul Nord - Indiana University
David Paul Nord is professor emeritus of journalism and adjunct professor of history and American Studies at Indiana University. He has written three books: Newspapers and New Politics: Midwestern Municipal Reform, 1890-1900 (1981), Communities of Journalism: a History of American Newspapers and Their Readers (2001), and Faith in Reading: Religious Publishing and the Birth of Mass Media in America (2004). Nord is also editor of the fifth and final volume in the Society’s A History of the Book in America. He was the Mellon Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the American Antiquarian Society in 2008.


James David Moran - Vice President for Programs and Outreach, AAS
Jim is vice president for programs and outreach. He oversees the Society’s promotional activities, the Creative and Performing Artists and Writers Fellowships, and all programming aimed at the general public and K-12 educators and students. He is also a writer, director, and producer who has created a wide variety of video, audio, and theatrical presentations. He wrote and produced the new introductory videos on this website, as well as the AAS-sponsored radio program The History Show, which appeared on 151 public radio stations in 47 states, and the Society’s Isaiah Thomas-Patriot Printer play, which is currently touring to schools and civic organizations. Jim holds a B.S. from Emerson College.


Kayla Hopper - Director of Outreach, AAS
Kayla is the director of outreach. She works to reach a wide range of the Society’s constituents by planning and developing programming for the general public and K-12 audiences, running public and group tours, and being part of AAS’s social media team. She also manages and edits the Society’s publications, including the Almanac newsletter, the annual report, and the AAS blog ( She has worked previously at Historic New England and the Emily Dickinson Museum. She holds a B.A. in history from the College of the Holy Cross and an M.A. in history and public history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Guest Faculty

Joseph Adelman - Framingham State University
Joseph Adelman is assistant professor of history at Framingham State University and assistant editor for digital initiatives at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. He has written several articles on printers during the Revolution, and his book, Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing, 1763–1789, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2019. Adelman was is also a former fellow of the American Antiquarian Society.


Vincent Golden - Curator of Newspapers and Periodicals, AAS
Vince Golden is the curator of newspapers and periodicals. He provides reference service to the collection as well as builds and improves access to it. Vince also works with the other curators towards collection development and coordination of multi-collection projects. He was formerly the special collections/reference librarian at the Paul V. Galvin Library at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and worked in the office of Special Collections Administration for several years at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his G.S.L.I.S. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


Robert Gross - University of Connecticut
Robert Gross is the author of the Bancroft Prize-winning The Minutemen and Their World and the James L. and Shirley A. Draper Professor of Early American History Emeritus at the University of Connecticut. He is a member of the American Antiquarian Society and formerly served on its Council. He also served on the editorial board for the Society’s multi-volume History of the Book in America, published by the University of North Carolina Press, and co-edited with Mary Kelley the second volume of the series.


Lauren B. Hewes - Interim Vice President for Collections, Chief Curator, and Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts, AAS
Lauren is the chief curator. She builds and cares for the Society's collections of prints, broadsides, ephemera, and photographs and works with the curatorial team, the Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC), our fellows, and outside scholars to make connections between American history and the visual resources of the Society. Lauren has previously held positions at the Print Council of America, the National Park Service, and the Shelburne Museum, and she has published widely on American printmaking and portraiture. She has a B.S. from Ithaca College and an M.A. in Art History from Williams College.


Elizabeth Watts Pope - Curator of Books and Digitized Collections, AAS
Elizabeth is curator of books and digitized collections. Her goal is to connect people to their history by providing access to printed and digitized sources, especially focusing on under-documented groups. Elizabeth promotes, makes accessible, and builds upon the strengths of the Society’s unparalleled collection of early American books and pamphlets. She works closely with digitization partners to make AAS collection material as widely available as possible. Her previous position at the Society was as the head of readers' services; prior to that she worked in acquisitions at AAS and in the archives at the Dodd Center at the University of Connecticut. She has an M.A. in History from the University of Connecticut.


Nan Wolverton - Director of Fellowships and the Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC), AAS
Nan is director of fellowships and director of the Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC). She oversees over forty fellowships—both long and short term--annually for AAS. As director of CHAViC she organizes conferences, seminars, workshops, and other programs related to visual culture. She serves on the board of directors for the Association of Research Institutes in Art History (ARIAH). She previously served as a lecturer in American Studies at Smith College. She also served as Executive Director at Historic Northampton Museum and Education Center and was curator of decorative arts at Old Sturbridge Village. She has worked for museums throughout New England, including the Emily Dickinson Museum and Melville’s Arrowhead. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa.

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