Former Council Member, Research Division


Massachusetts Historical Society

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Sara Georgini earned her doctorate in history from Boston University in 2016. For the past decade, she has worked for the Adams Papers editorial project at the Massachusetts Historical Society, where she is series editor for The Papers of John Adams. Committed to the preservation of and access to rare primary sources, Sara has worked on the selection, annotation, indexing, and team production of a dozen scholarly editions drawn from the Adams Papers (Harvard Univ. Press, 2009– ), covering the history of American political life in the era from the Declaration to disunion. As a historical editor, she publishes authoritative editions of the founders’ words; leads student and teacher workshops; curates manuscripts and artifacts in thematic exhibits; and brings Adams expertise (spanning three centuries) to the broad audiences of groups like National History Day. Thanks to the Historical Society’s trove of Adams and Jefferson manuscripts, she teaches frequently on constitutionalism, founding-era thought, and the course of Anglo-American empire. Sara is the author of Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family (Oxford Univ. Press, 2019), and she writes about early American history for Smithsonian. She is a co-founder and contributor to The Junto and the Society for US Intellectual History blogs. As a councilor in the Research Division, she will help the AHA tackle two challenges: 1) connecting public historians, independent scholars, and adjunct faculty with a greater array of research resources and professional opportunities to share their scholarship and 2) amplifying the rich dialogue happening between public history institutions, libraries, museums, and archives.