Portrait of John Dickinson


Jane E. Calvert, Director and Chief Editor

Project Staff and Partners

Director and Chief Editor

Jane E. Calvert earned her Ph.D. in early American history from the University of Chicago in 2003 and is Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky. Having worked on John Dickinson for over a decade, she is currently the foremost Dickinson scholar. Her book, Quaker Constitutionalism and the Political Thought of John Dickinson (Cambridge, 2009), is the first work to give a comprehensive explanation of his thought, action, and contribution to the founding of America. Her research has been sponsored by top institutions around the country, including the Newberry Library, the Huntington Library, the American Philosophical Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia/Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the David Library of the American Revolution. Professor Calvert speaks to academic and public audiences around the country on Dickinson and issues related to the American Founding. She is a member of the Association for Documentary Editing and a 2010 graduate of the Editing Institute sponsored by the National Historic Preservation and Records Commission and the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Managing Editor

Christopher F. Minty (@cfminty) holds a Ph.D. from the University of Stirling (2015), Scotland. He specializes in the history of Revolutionary America, and is the author of “American Demagogues”: The Origins of Loyalism in Manhattan (Cornell, 2021) and various articles on the American Revolution. He is also the coeditor of The Cause of Loyalty: The Revolutionary Worlds of Myles Cooper (Lexington, 2022). His research has been sponsored by institutions and organizations across the Atlantic world, including the Royal Historical Society, the New-York Historical Society, the Huntington Library, and the David Library of the American Revolution. Between 2015 and 2020 he was Assistant Editor for The Adams Papers Editorial Project at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Assistant Editors

Ellen C. Hickman (M.A., U.S. History, University of Wisconsin–Madison) has been a documentary editor for fifteen years and served as an associate editor at the Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series prior to joining the John Dickinson Writings Project.

Nathan Kozuskanich holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University (2005) and is Associate Professor of History at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario. His work is in Revolutionary America with a focus on Pennsylvania. He is co-editor of The Second Amendment on Trial (2013), and has written a biography of Benjamin Franklin for Routledge's Historical Americans series. He has published several articles and chapters on the coming of the Revolution in Pennsylvania, the militia, and the right to bear arms.


Ellen Pawelczak is a long-time independent consultant who has transcribed, researched, and edited thousands of eighteenth-century documents for public and private archives, including the Gilder Lehrman Collection. She is currently an associate editor with the Papers of Benjamin Franklin.

Editorial Assistants

Jaime M. Burton (M.A., Historical Studies [Public History], University of Maryland, 2008), Director of Research Services and Education, Special Collections, University of Kentucky. Burton is a graduate of the NHPRC Editing Institute and works on her own documentary editing project on Kentucky abolitionist John Greg Fee.

David R. Hoth (M.A., American Studies, Bowling Green State University), Editor Emeritus of the George Washington Papers. Having worked at this significant project for 17 years, Mr. Hoth brings a wealth of knowledge to the JDP.


The JDP has partnered with the new Center for Digital Editing (CDE) at the University of Virginia to help prepare the edition for print and digital publication. The CDE is directed by Jennifer Stertzer, director of the Papers of George Washington.

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