George W. Boudreau, Ph.D.
“Telling the Story:” Material Culture, Surviving Spaces, and the Presentation of Early America’s History
Boudreau is a cultural historian of early Anglo-America, specializing in the history of Philadelphia, the work of Benjamin Franklin, material culture, and public history. His book Independence: A Guide to Historic Philadelphia (Westholme 2012, paperback 2016) explores the sites related to the nation’s founding. Penn State Press published his co-edited collection (with Margaretta M. Lovell), A Material World: Culture, Society, and the Life of Things in February 2019. Boudreau was the founding editor of the journal Early American Studies, and has won six major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition, he was the Jamestown Rediscovery and the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture at Williamsburg postdoctoral fellow in fall 2018 and has also received fellowships from the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, the Library Company of Philadelphia, Winterthur Museum and Library, the American Philosophical Society, and the David Library of the American Revolution. A 1998 Ph.D. from Indiana University, he is currently senior research associate at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.