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Emily Sneff

Ph.D. Student (ABD)

Advisor: Karin Wulf
email: [[ejsneff]]
Current Research: Early America, Book History

Emily Sneff is a Ph.D. Candidate and her research and teaching focuses on early American print and material culture. Her dissertation examines the dissemination of the Declaration of Independence around the Atlantic world in the summer and fall of 1776. Before graduate school, Emily was the Research Manager of the Declaration Resources Project at Harvard University, and was responsible for research and resource development. In collaboration with Danielle Allen, Emily conducted research on the Sussex Declaration, the second known contemporary manuscript copy of the Declaration of Independence on parchment. Their paper, “The Sussex Declaration: Dating the Parchment Manuscript of the Declaration of Independence Held at the West Sussex Record Office (Chichester, UK),” was published in the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America in September 2018. Emily’s interest in the Declaration of Independence began at the American Philosophical Society, where she was a member of the museum’s curatorial team for a series of exhibitions on Thomas Jefferson. Emily graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2011 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Museums and Society. Her honors thesis, “Furnishing Sloane’s Nicknackatory: The Many Founders of the British Museum,” and her fellowship at the Walters Art Museum during her final semester at Hopkins profoundly influenced her interest in material culture and digital humanities. She received her M.A. in history from William & Mary in 2019. In her first year at William & Mary, Emily was the Omohundro Institute digital apprentice for Ben Franklin’s World, a podcast about early American history.