Portrait of John Dickinson


Jane E. Calvert, Director and Chief Editor

Advisory Board

R.B. Bernstein (J.D., Harvard Law School, 1980) is Lecturer in Political Science at City College of New York and distinguished adjunct professor of law at New York Law School. A specialist in the history of the American Revolutionary Era, his numerous publications include The Founding Fathers Reconsidered (Oxford, 2009), a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize, and most recently, The Education of John Adams (Oxford, 2020).

Kenneth R. Bowling (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1968) is Coeditor of the First Federal Congress Project at The George Washington University. He is the author of The Creation of Washington D.C. (Fairfax, VA: George Mason University Press, 1993) and numerous articles on topics relating to the constitutional history of the American Revolution. He is author of “New Light on the Philadelphia Mutiny of 1783” in the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography on Dickinson’s role in the incident. He serves on the advisory board of the Papers of Gouverneur Morris.

Randy J. Holland (J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1972; L.L.M., University of Virginia Law School, 1998) is former Associate Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, where he served for over thirty years. He is an internationally renowned jurist, author, and former President of the American Inns of Court. He is also the co-author of Middle Temple Lawyers and the American Revolution (Thomson-West, 2007), a portion of which pertains to Dickinson, and The Delaware State Constitution: A Reference Guide (Greenwood Press, 2002).. He is currently Senior Of Counsel in the Wilmington, Del., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Alison L. LaCroix (J.D. Yale Law School, 1999; Ph.D., Harvard University, 2007) is the Robert Newton Reid Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and an Associate Member of the University of Chicago Department of History. She specializes in US legal history and is the author of The Ideological Origins of American Federalism (Harvard, 2010). She is currently completing a manuscript for Yale University Press entitled “The Interbellum Constitution: Union, Commerce, and Slavery from the Long Founding Moment to the Civil War.”

Ondine Le Blanc (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1994) is the Worthington C. Ford Editor of Publications at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Since 1997, Le Blanc has helped to publish diaries, journals, notebooks, memoirs, autobiographies, and other documentary editions. She served as the original project manager of the Adams Papers Digital Editions, overseeing the conversion of thirty-five separate print volumes into a single consolidated online edition and is managing a similar effort for the Winthrop Papers. She is also a former president of the Association for Documentary Editing.

J. Jefferson Looney (Ph.D., Princeton University) is the Daniel P. Jordan Editor of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello. He has overseen the publication of sixteen volumes of the Jefferson Papers, and was previously the editor of the Dictionary of Virginia Biography, Princetonians: A Biographical Dictionary, and College As It Is: A Collegian’s Manual in 1853.

Jack N. Rakove (Ph.D., Harvard University, 1975) is the William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies and Professor of Political Science and (by courtesy) Law, Emeritus, at Stanford University. Specializing in the history of the American founding, Rakove is the author of, among other publications, Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution (Knopf, 1996), which won the Pulitzer Prize in History, and Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), which was a finalist for the George Washington Prize.

John C. Van Horne (Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1979) is Director Emeritus of the Library Company of Philadelphia and formerly Editor of The Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe. He is the author of articles and the editor of many volumes of documents in various fields of early American history. He is also an elected fellow of the American Antiquarian Society and an elected member of the American Philosophical Society.

Karin Wulf (Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1993) is Executive Director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture and Professor of History at William & Mary. She is the author or editor of books about gender, politics, and women’s writing in early America, including Not All Wives: Women of Colonial Philadelphia (Penn, 2005). Her current project, “Lineage: Genealogy and the Politics of Connection in British America, 1680–1820,” is a study of the relationship between genealogical practices and political culture.

Portrait of John Dickinson and manuscript image courtesy of The Library Company of Philadelphia