Will Slauter, Ph.D.,
Princeton University, Department of History
Will Slauter studies the history of communication in early modern Europe (especially France) and the Atlantic World. His research focuses on a range of media, including books, newspapers, bills of mortality and administrative questionnaires, to consider how changing practices of authorship, reading, publishing and translation shape the way people understand events. He is currently writing a book called “The Atlantic World of Newspapers,” which focuses on the period of the American Revolution to explore how French-, English- and Spanish-language newspapers drew upon each other to make sense of the world, and how the movement of information changed its character. He is also working on a study of seventeenth-century bills of mortality, especially their production, distribution, and reception during the London Plague of 1665.
He is teaching “Contemporary Civilization” and organizing a scholarly conference on early modern “media events.”
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