James J. Connolly is George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of History and Director of the Center for Middletown Studies at Ball State University. He also helps leads the Digital Scholarship Lab at Ball State. His published scholarship examines American urban life, politics, and print culture history during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Along with Frank Felsenstein, he is co-director of the What Middletown Read Project and co-author of What Middletown Read: Print Culture in an American Small City (2015). He is the lead organizer for the Library Circulation Histories Workshop.