- Fellowship year:2008-2009
- University: Johns Hopkins University
- Dissertation Topic/Category: United States
- Dissertation Title: The Business of Politics: Printers and the Emergence of Political Communications Networks, 1765-1776
Adelman's dissertation analyzes the relationship between commercial print networks and the circulation of political news in the decade before the American Revolution. Using the available business records and correspondences of American printers, Adelman argues these men and women - in their capacity as artisans, editors, and publishers - were at the hub of political and commercial networks that included other artisans, merchants, and political leaders. Printers stood at the nexus, therefore, of an emerging infrastructure for political communications, and used their status as editors and publishers of political news and information to shape debate about imperial policies in the decade before the American Revolution.