About

The Common Sense Digital Critical Edition is the creation of Kate Johnson, Marie Pellissier, and Kelly Schmidt, public history graduate students at Loyola University Chicago. The project stemmed from two courses held in the spring of 2017: Dr. Kyle Roberts’ The Revolution Will Be Digitized, and Dr. Elizabeth Hopwood’s Digital Humanities Design. This project has been developed with collaboration and support from Loyola University Archives and Special Collections, which has provided access to the digitized pages of Common Sense and the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, which has provided platform support.

Kate Johnson is currently an M.A. student in Loyola University Chicago's Public History program.  She holds a B.A. in History and German from the University of Northern Colorado.  Her research interests are in early America and women's history.  Her career interests are focused in museum management and interpretation. Before pursuing her graduate degree, Kate worked for two years in the Education and Visitor Programs Department at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

Marie Pellissier is currently an M.A. student in Loyola University Chicago’s Public History program. She holds a B.A. in History from Boston College. Her academic interests include early American history, material and print culture, women’s history and food history. After completing her M.A., she hopes to pursue a PhD and a career in public history.

Kelly Schmidt is a Ph.D. student in United States History and Public History at Loyola University Chicago, where she studies eighteenth and nineteenth century American history, particularly in the area of race, slavery, and abolition. Kelly has pursued her interests in museum work at the Heritage Village Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. She plans to continue in the museum profession after completing her graduate work.