Joseph Foster

Assistant Professor
852 Gladfelter Hall
1115 West Berks Street


Foster Franklin American IH Joseph National Colonial Philadelphia


I received Ph.D. from Temple University in 1989 and for two decades worked on a research and publication project sponsored by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the National Endowment for the Humanities that produced a multi-volume edition focusing on the early history of Pennsylvania and the biographies of those who sat in the Pennsylvania colonial legislature from 1682 to 1775. Originally housed at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the publication project was relocated to Temple University in the early 1990s, where I taught courses on history part-time until 2009 when I became a full time member of the university.

Selected Publications

Equal Liberty: George Bryan and American Revolution; Lawmaking and Legislators, Biographical Dictionary of Early Pennsylvania Legislators (three volume publication)

Courses Taught

US History, 1600-1876

US History, 1877-2000

The World of Franklin

Colonial American History

Early National US History, 1787-1848

American Revolutions

Founding Philadelphia