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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program


Mary Kelley

Mary KelleyMary Kelley is the Ruth Bordin Collegiate Professor of History, American Culture, and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. In her research and teaching, she has contributed to the burgeoning study of the history of the book, merging the social history of book-making and the psychology of reading practice into an interdisciplinary approach to comprehending the role of literature in shaping civic life. She is the author of Learning to Stand and Speak: Women, Education, and Public Life (2006), Private Woman, Public Stage: Literary Domesticity in Nineteenth-Century America (2002), and The Limits of Sisterhood: The Beecher Sisters on Women's Rights and Women's Sphere (1988), among other books; the editor of The Portable Margaret Fuller (1994); and a coeditor of An Extensive Republic: Print Culture, and Society in the American Republic, 1790–1840 (2010), the second volume of a collaborative history of the book in America. Kelley has served as a trustee for the American Antiquarian Society and in 2013-2014 she was its Distinguished Fellow in Residence. The former Mary Brinsmead Wheelock Professor of History at Dartmouth College, Kelley has received numerous fellowships and awards, including the New Hampshire Teacher of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She has held the Times-Mirror Chair at the Huntington Library and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Rockefeller Foundation. A former president of the American Studies Association, she has also served as president of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic, which named the Mary Kelley Annual Book Prize in Women's and Gender Studies in her honor. She is also an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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