Staff & Affiliates
Nora Slonimsky, ITPS Director and Gardiner Assistant Professor of History: Dr. Slonimsky is an assistant professor with appointments in the history department and the ITPS. She is the social media editor for the Journal of the Early Republic, and a research associate at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the intersection of copyright, state formation, and information regulation in Early America. This research is generously supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Huntington Library, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Library Company of Philadelphia, among others. For further information please see her website www.hamiltonsolo.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gary Berton, Coordinator: Mr. Berton is the coordinator for the ITPS. He is engaged in research on Paine's life and works in order to assist researchers, writers, and students around the country. He has been an independent scholar of political economy and Thomas Paine for 50 years, and an officer of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association for 20 years. Mr. Berton is a regular contributor to the Truth Seeker Magazine, and member of the International Society for Historians of Atheism, Secularism, and Humanism. He has spoken on Thomas Paine in dozens of venues, and author of several articles and book chapters on Thomas Paine and author attribution methodology. For information on Mr. Berton’s work please visit the Thomas Paine National Historical Association at www.thomaspaine.org. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Michael Crowder, Public Historian: Michael Crowder earned a Ph.D. in the History Department at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His project, “Human Capital: The Moral and Political Economy of Northeastern Abolitionism, 1763-1833,” examines the relationships between the rapid growth of abolitionism and capitalism in the Era of the American Revolution. He has also written essays about the African colonization movement and American participation in the slave trade, as well as articles about American football for rollingstone.com. In addition to serving as an archival fellow, he teaches American History at Queens College, CUNY. Follow him on twitter @manthonycrowder. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natalka Sawchuk, Affiliate Librarian: Ms. Sawchuk is the Assistant Director of Libraries for Public Services & Systems. She manages the TPNHA archival collection. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Tricia Mulligan, Affiliate Faculty: Dr. Mulligan is the Associate Provost for Strategic Academic Initiatives and Associate Professor, Political Science & International Studies. She is the ITPS liaison to the Gardiner foundation and to other grant-related projects. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lindsay M. Chervinsky, Ph.D., ITPS Scholar in Residence: Lindsay M. Chervinsky, Ph.D. is an expert in the cabinet, presidential history, and U.S. government institutions. Before joining the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies as Scholar-in-Residence, she worked as a historian at the White House Historical Association. She received her B.A. in history and political science from the George Washington University, completed her masters and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. Her book, The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution, was published by Harvard University Press on April 7, 2020. When she’s not writing, researching, or speaking about history, she loves to hike with her husband and her dog, John Quincy Dog Adams. More information about her work can be found on her website and she can be contacted on Twitter at @lmchervinsky.
Lubomir Ivanov, Affiliate Faculty: Dr. Ivanov is a Professor of Computer Science at Iona College. His primary research interests are in the areas of natural language processing, authorship attribution, and interdisciplinary applications of virtual/augmented reality. Dr. Ivanov's work has been published and presented at many top conferences and journals in computer science and the digital humanities. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Smiljana Petrovic, Affiliate Faculty: Dr. Petrovic is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Iona College. Her research interests are in the development of machine learning techniques for authorship attribution and for solving constraint satisfaction problems. She has been mentoring a number of students working on master theses and independent research projects related to data mining. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find out more about her work here.
Josh R. Klein, Affiliate Faculty: Dr. Klein is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology at Iona College. His research focuses on politics, culture, and public opinion in relation to white-collar crime and imperialism. His recent publications include “Legitimating War by Victimization: State-Corporate Crime and Public Opinion,” with Cathryn Lavery, and “Toward a Cultural Criminology of War.” The latter article has been reproduced in two edited volumes. He is currently researching and writing about Thomas Paine and empire. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Barry Goldberg Dr. Goldberg received his Ph.D. in History from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2017. His research examines the twentieth-century United States, with a focus on social and political, urban, and American Jewish history. Dr. Goldberg’s work has appeared in the Journal of Policy History, New York History, the American Jewish Archives Journal, the Gotham Center for New York History blog, and the Teaching United States History blog. As a graduate student, he taught U.S. history at Queens College and served as a Speechwriter at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. After graduating, he worked as a Postdoctoral Archival Fellow at the ITPS and an Educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Currently, he is a Research Fellow at the Rockefeller Archive Center. Follow him on Twitter @bpg269. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alexandra Montgomery: Alexandra Montgomery specializes in North America during the era of the American Revolution. She is particularly interested in imperial ideologies, Native American power, and attempts to manipulate demography in general and migration flows in particular for political purposes throughout the eighteenth century world. Her Ph.D. dissertation (University of Pennsylvania 2019) explores eighteenth-century colonization schemes in the far northeastern coast of North America, a region which is today Maine and the Canadian maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and PEI.
Her master's thesis (Dalhousie University 2012) explored New England family migration to Nova Scotia and attempts to transform the colony into a loyal Protestant bulwark in the years before the American Revolution.
In addition to ITPS, Montgomery's work has been supported by the University of Pennsylvania, the American Philosophical Society, the New York Public Library, the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.
Miriam Liebman: Miriam Liebman is a History Ph.D. Candidate in early American history at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation, "A Tale of Two Cities: American Women in London and Paris, 1780-1800," argues that elite American women acted in diplomatic capacities abroad in the Age of Revolutions. Her dissertation research has received support from the Ph.D. Program in History at the Graduate Center, the Early Research Initiative in American Studies, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York, the Colonial Dames of America, and the Massachusetts Historical Society. Additionally, she teaches courses in American history at Queens College, CUNY.