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Staff and Affiliates

  • Nora Slonimsky headshot 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 She can be reached at
  • Gary Berton headshot 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 He can be reached at
  • Michael Crowder headshot 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 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
  • 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
  • Tricia Mulligan headshot 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
  • Lubomir Ivanov headshot 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
  • Smiljana Petrovic headshot 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 You can find out more about her work here.
  • Josh Klein headshot 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
  • Former Fellows:
    Barry Goldberg headshot Barry Goldberg, Post-Doctoral Fellow: 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

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