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Jane Kamensky

Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library and Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard University

Major works

A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley (2016)
The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America’s First Banking Collapse (2008)
Governing the Tongue: The Politics of Speech in Early New England (1998)
The Colonial Mosaic: American Women, 1600-1760 (1995)

About Me

Jane Kamensky is a historian of the Atlantic world and the United States, with particular interests in the histories of family, culture, and everyday life. At Harvard, she serves as Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History and as the Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her courses explore subjects ranging from the American Revolution to the feminist battle over pornography in the 1970s and 1980s, and her students often work closely with the collections of the Schlesinger Library. Her most recent book, A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley (2016), won four prizes, including the Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize in American History of the New-York Historical Society and the Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction. Her next project is a history of the sexual revolution as seen through the life of Candida Royalle, whose remarkable archive was acquired by the Schlesinger Library.

Courses and Programs taught by Jane Kamensky