North America before ca. 1830, cultural history, the writing of history.
JANE KAMENSKY earned her B.A. and Ph.D. in History from Yale University, and has taught at Brandeis since 1993. She offers courses in colonial American history, women's and family history, and the writing of history that have been recognized with a university-wide award for excellence in teaching. Her scholarship has been supported by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies.
Her major publications include THE EXCHANGE ARTIST: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America's First Banking Collapse (Viking, 2008), a Finalist for the 2009 George Washington Book Prize; GOVERNING THE TONGUE: The Politics of Speech in Early New England (Oxford University Press, 1997), and THE COLONIAL MOSAIC: American Women, 1600-1760 (Oxford University Press, 1995). BLINDSPOT (Spiegel & Grau / Random House, 2008), her novel, jointly written with Jill Lepore, is a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and a Boston Globe best-seller. She is co-editor of the OXFORD HANDBOOK OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (2012). Her next book, COPLEY: A LIFE IN COLOR, will be published by W.W. Norton.
Yale University, Ph.D.
Yale University, M.A.
Yale University, B.A.
Awards and Honors
Innovative Course Design Prize, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2011)
Research Support Grant, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (London) (2011)
Elected Fellow, Society of American Historians (2009)
Finalist, George Washington Book Prize (for Exchange Artist) (2009)
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship (2006)
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Grant (2006)
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Fellowship (2006)
Dean of Arts and Sciences Mentoring Award (2005)
Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Fellowship (2004 - 2005)
National Endowment for the Humanties University Teachers Fellowship (2004 - 2005)
American Council of Learned Societies Fellow (declined) (1996)
Bunting Fellowship, Radcliffe College (1996)
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow (1996)
Pew Faculty Fellow in the History of American Religion (1996)
Michael L. Walzer `56 Award for Teaching (1995 - 1996)
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|USEM||14a||Imagining the Other: Encounters in North America from Columbus to the Revolution|
|WMGS||198a||Women's and Gender Studies Research Seminar|