The News Media and the Making of America, 1730–1800: National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for K-12 Educators. July 26-31, 2021

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 - AAS
Jim is vice president for programs and outreach at AAS. He oversees the Society’s promotional activities 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 - AAS
Kayla is the director of outreach at AAS. 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.


Scott E. Casper - AAS
Scott Casper is the president at AAS. A historian of the nineteenth-century United States, he has been associated with AAS for three decades, beginning as a Peterson Fellow in 1990. Before joining AAS he served as dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and as Foundation Professor of history at the University of Nevada, Reno. Scott is the author of Sarah Johnson’s Mount Vernon: The Forgotten History of an American Shrine (2008) and Constructing American Lives: Biography and Culture in Nineteenth-Century America (1999), which won the book prize of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing. Scott has worked extensively with K-12 educators through the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, the Center for Civic Education, and the Northern Nevada Teaching American History Project, and he has been on the faculty of Rare Book School since 2017. He holds an A.B. in history from Princeton University and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University.


Vincent Golden - AAS
Vince Golden is the curator of newspapers and periodicals at AAS. 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 M.S.L.I.S. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


Gary Gregory - The Printing Office of Edes & Gill
Gary Gregory is the Executive Director and Print Master at The Printing Office of Edes & Gill. In 2005 Gary acquired his wooden English Common Printing Press from the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Trades Department. The press was promptly transported back to Boston but not before the Printers at CWF were kind enough to offer a couple of training days on printing basics to Mr. Gregory Colonial Williamsburg, Mr. Gregory has done extensive research into colonial printing equipment and methods. He demonstrated the trade for more than a year on his colonial printing press at the Museum of Printing in North Andover, Massachusetts, where he also taught full-day, hands-on seminars. Gary is also the founder of Lessons on Liberty, which provides walking tours of Boston’s Freedom Trail. He has reenacted the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the Battle of Monmouth, etc. He is a member of the 10th Massachusetts Continental Regiment, a group known for its historical accuracy.


Lauren B. Hewes - AAS
Lauren Hewes is the vice president for collections at AAS. 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.


Vanessa Holden - University of Kentucky
Dr. Vanessa Holden received her Ph.D. in African American and Women's and Gender History from Rutgers University. She currently has a dual appointment in both the Department of History and African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky. Her research focuses on African American women and slavery in the antebellum South. Her areas of interest are the history resistance and rebellion, gender history, and the history of sex/sexuality. She offers courses in American History, African American History, and African American Studies.


Elizabeth Watts Pope - AAS
Elizabeth Pope is curator of books and digitized collections at AAS. 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.


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