About the ITPS
Established in 2011, the ITPS was founded to facilitate the study of Thomas Paine’s writing, life, and legacy. As a prolific author of multiple genres and mediums, Paine’s influence on the intersection of media, communication, and political economy. Inspired by this model, the ITPS has since expanded its mission to support the wider interdisciplinary research of early American history – especially in the revolutionary and early national periods—along with public history, archival studies, and the digital humanities. This support includes research and education initiatives, from fellowship programs to ground breaking digital projects, collaborative conferences, workshops, and exhibits, as well as the ongoing curatorial development of the TPNHA archive collection, a central component of the ITPS. Housed by Iona College, and with the generous support of the school, the ITPS is also deeply committed to the importance of undergraduate research and scholarly involvement. We encourage the active involvement of Iona’s students with the ITPS as it continues to expand and engage with the wider historical community.