The relationship between Ben Franklin's World and the Omohundro Institute (OI) began with the Doing History series in 2016.
The first series, Doing History: How Historians Work, developed in an effort to answer listener questions about how historians work. The success of that series prompted the creation of subsequent series including Doing History: To the Revolution! (2017) and Doing History: Biography (2018). Along the way, the OI also assumed production of the Ben Franklin's World series and Liz joined the OI staff on a full-time basis, splitting her time between the OI's home base in Williamsburg, Virginia, and her home in Boston.
With the OI as producer, the BFW team expanded to include the following scholars and professionals. Their work includes planning series episodes, coordinating complementary content on the Omohundro Institute blog and OI Reader app, and providing Liz with expertise and editorial assistance.
Joseph M. Adelman is a historian of media, communications, and politics in the Atlantic World. He teaches history at Framingham State University and serves as the Omohundro Institute's Assistant Editor of Digital Initiatives.
Kimberly Foley is the technical wizard behind the OI Reader app and the digital exhibits you can find there.
Martha Howard is the Director of Conferences and Communications at the OI. After receiving her MA in Art History from the University of Chicago, Martha began her career as Advertising Manager at the University of Chicago Press. She has held a variety of positions in higher education and scholarly publishing ever since, all of which have required her to help experts explain their fields to the wider world. E-mail
Emily Sneff is a first-year doctoral student in the History department at William & Mary and a digital apprentice at the Omohundro Institute. Her scholarly interests are focused on early American print and material culture. Before graduate school, she served as the research manager of the at Declaration Resources Project Harvard University.
Holly White is a historian of the social and legal history of childhood, youth, and age in the early republic. She's the Assistant Editor of Lapidus Initiative Communications at the OI and in that role works closely with Liz on each show, helping her with research and formulating interview questions among other tasks.
Karin Wulf is a historian of early America. She's the Executive Director of the Omohundro Institute, a Professor of History at William & Mary, and a Ben Franklin's World guest scholar. She's published three books and is at work on a fourth, which you can hear about in episode 114.