Staff & Contributors

Christina R. Carrick, Assistant Editor

Christina Carrick came to the Jefferson project in 2018 after working on the Papers of Robert Treat Paine at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Originally from Indiana, she received her B.A. from the University of Indianapolis and M.A. in Early American History from Boston University. Her research interests include exiled loyalists and diplomatic and commercial exchange in the Atlantic.

Alison E. Dolbier, Research Associate

Alison Dolbier received her A.B. from Boston College in History and Economics and her M.Phil. in History from The George Washington University. In her role at the Jefferson Papers, Alison managed the Jefferson Weather Records project and is a member of the team developing a North American Climate History cooperative website.

Tom Downey, Senior Editor

Tom Downey holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of South Carolina. Before joining the Jefferson Papers in 2004, he worked as an editor with The Papers of John C. Calhoun and The Papers of Henry Laurens and as managing editor of The South Carolina Encyclopedia. His writings and reviews have appeared in a variety of publications and his book, Planting a Capitalist South, was published by LSU Press in 2006.

Andrew J. B. Fagal, Associate Editor

Andrew J. B. Fagal received his Ph.D. in Early American History in 2013 from Binghamton University, State University of New York, and has been employed with the Jefferson Papers since 2014. His scholarship on the political and economic dimensions of arms manufacturing and military technology has appeared in Washington’s Government: Charting the Origins of the Federal Administration (University of Virginia Press, 2021), The Transactions of the American Philosophical SocietyThe Mariner’s MirrorEnterprise & SocietyThe New England Quarterly, and New York History.

Martha J. King, Senior Editor

Martha J. King received her Ph.D. in history from the College of William and Mary, where she also completed an editorial apprenticeship and internship. Since then she has worked in the field of historical documentary editing and has worked on the Papers of Henry Laurens, the Thomas A. Edison Papers, the Nathanael Greene Papers, and the Papers of James Madison. She joined the Papers of Thomas Jefferson as an associate editor in 2002. Her other scholarly work centers on early American women’s history and print culture.

James P. McClure, General Editor

James P. McClure, General Editor, has a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Michigan and has been a documentary editor since 1982. He joined the Jefferson Papers as an associate editor in 1996. He is a former president of the Association for Documentary Editing.

Linny Schenck, Editorial Associate

Linny Schenck has undergraduate and graduate degrees in archaeology but after a couple of decades working in historical archaeology, she switched to the publishing industry. Previously the production editor for the Papers of Thomas Jefferson at Princeton University Press, she joined the Papers staff as editorial associate in 2016.

Merry Ellen Scofield, Associate Editor

Merry Ellen (Melly) Scofield earned her Ph.D. in history from Wayne State University and has been a member of the Jefferson Project since 2014. Her research centers on nineteenth-century social Washington and includes work on the power of women in early Washington, the social politics of Thomas Jefferson and Dolley Madison, and the first ladies of the Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison administrations.

Bland Whitley, Senior Editor

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Bland Whitley has been on staff since 2008. He attended William and Mary as an undergraduate and earned a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi and a doctorate from the University of Florida. Before joining the Jefferson Papers, he was an assistant editor for the Library of Virginia’s Dictionary of Virginia Biography and had a brief stint as staff historian for the Valentine Richmond History Center.

Advisory Committee

David A. Bell, Department of History, Princeton University

Andrew Burstein, Department of History, Louisiana State University

Angela N. H. Creager, Department of History, Princeton University

Christopher L. Eisgruber, President, Princeton University

Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard Law School

Hendrik Hartog, Department of History, Princeton University

Christie Henry, Princeton University Press

Anne E. Jarvis, University Librarian, Princeton University

William C. Jordan, Department of History, Princeton University

Stanley N. Katz, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Thomas H. Kean, Princeton University (Alumnus)

J. Jefferson Looney, Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series

Sara Martin, Adams Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society

James M. McPherson, Department of History, Princeton University (Emeritus)

Valerie Paley, New-York Historical Society

Robert C. Ritchie, Huntington Library (Retired)

Sarah Rivett, Department of English, Princeton University

Daniel T. Rodgers, Department of History, Princeton University (Emeritus)

Alan Taylor, Department of History, University of Virginia

Wendy Warren, Department of History, Princeton University

Sean Wilentz, Department of History, Princeton University

Gordon S. Wood, Department of History, Brown University (Emeritus)