Andrew J. B. Fagal ’07 is an assistant editor for The Papers of Thomas Jefferson at Princeton University. In this position he transcribes, verifies, annotates, and indexes the third President’s vast correspondence for publication ( After graduating from Lafayette College with a double major in Economics & Business and History (with honors in History), he received his Ph.D. in early American history at Binghamton University, State University of New York. At Lafayette, Andrew was a member of the mock trial team and the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. Although most of his history courses were in early modern Europe, Japan, and the ancient world, a brief reading on Jefferson’s 1808 export embargo piqued his interest and eventually led to a thesis supervised by D.C. Jackson. Lafayette’s content-heavy curriculum and demanding coursework left him well prepared for graduate school and his eventual career as a professional historian.  In addition to his published work in the Jefferson Papers, Andrew’s academic writings have appeared in Enterprise & SocietyThe New England Quarterly, and New York History. If you enjoy posts about early American history, you can follow him on Twitter @Andrew_Fagal.