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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Nancy F. Cott

Nancy F. CottA past president of the OAH, Nancy F. Cott teaches at Harvard University, where she is the Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History. Her writings range widely over questions concerning women, gender, marriage, feminism, and citizenship from the eighteenth century to the contemporary United States. Her books include The Bonds of Womanhood: "Woman's Sphere" in New England, 1780-1835 (1977), The Grounding of Modern Feminism (1987), and Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation (2000). Her interests also include the history of sexuality, social movements, political culture, and law. Her current project concerns Americans who came of age in the 1920s and shaped their lives internationally.