Sabrina Alcorn Baron
Assistant Research Professor

Sabrina Alcorn Baron holds the PhD in Early Modern British History from the University of Chicago and has published on the book trade, news writing, and censorship; book collectors, the history of reading, the material culture of the book and the culture of publication ; and the history of  royal central administration and Parliament in seventeenth-century England. She is currently editor for Society for a digital project Electronic Renaissance World, part of a major new digital initiative from Routledge under the general editorship of Kristen Poole. Baron contributed to and co-edited (with Brendan Dooley) The Politics of Information in Early Modern Europe (Routledge, 2001). Also in 2001 she was guest curator for the Folger Shakespeare Library Exhibition, The Reader Revealed, and compiled and edited the exhibition catalog of the same name (Folger Shakespeare Library and University of Washington Press, 2001). In 2007, she co-edited (with Eleanor F. Shevlin and Eric N. Lindquist)  Agent of Change: Print Culture Studies after Elizabeth L. Eisenstein. (University of Massachusetts Press, 2007)  She has published influential essays in other collections and wrote thirteen biographies for the online Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004).  She served as editor/researcher/author for The History of Parliament: The House of Commons 1604-1629 (online and Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Baron was a Fulbright scholar in 1997-8 and has been awarded other fellowships, most recently at the Folger Shakespeare Library. She is a co-founder and co-director of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies, an internationally renowned public seminar convened in the Library of Congress's Rare Book Division.  She has also studied at The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, UK; the Folger Shakespeare Library; the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, Arlington, VA; the Institute for Historical Research, London, UK; and Hanover College, Hanover, IN.  In 2016 she became co-chair of the Medieval and Early Modern Field Committee at the University of Maryland and chairs the Committee in 2018-9. Baron also serves as Communications Director/Media Manager for the History Department.

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