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Dr. Jane Kamensky

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Jane Kamensky is the Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard University and Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard Radcliffe Institute. A historian of British America and the United States, she is the author of numerous books, including A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley (2016), which won four major prizes and was a finalist for several others. She is currently completing her next book, Candida Royalle and the Sexual Revolution, as a Leon Levy Biography Fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center, and with support from an NEH Public Scholars award. A former Commissioner of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Kamensky serves as a Trustee of the Museum of the American Revolution, and as one of the principal investigators on the NEH/ Department of Education-funded initiative, Educating for American Democracy. At the Schlesinger, in commemoration of the centennial of women’s suffrage, she led the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded Long 19th Amendment Project, which created an enduring open access portal of documents, teaching materials, and exhibitions highlighting the complex history of women’s rights in the United States.

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