Lecturer in Study of Women and Gender and Oral Historian
Sophia Smith Collection
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Kelly Anderson received her B.A. in American Studies from UC Santa Cruz, an M.A. in women’s history from Sarah Lawrence College, and completed her Ph.D. in U.S. History from the City University of New York, Graduate Center. Her dissertation, entitled “I Wanted it Like a Lover, I Wanted it Like Justice” looks at the leadership of the gender and sexual liberation movements over the last four decades.
Anderson is an oral historian at the Sophia Smith Collection (SSC) where she was a principal interviewer for the Voices of Feminism (VOF) project, a Ford-funded initiative aimed at diversifying the historical record of modern women’s movements. In addition to VOF, Anderson has created two student-based oral history projects, An Activist Life and Documenting Lesbian Lives, now archived at the SSC. With the help of students in the Archives Concentration, Anderson has also been documenting Smith College history though the Alumnae Oral History project. She conducts trainings in oral history for the Smith College community as well as grassroots activists.
Anderson’s teaching and research interests include women and social change, the history of sexuality, feminisms, and oral history. Her courses are rooted in primary research at the SSC and in oral history methods. She serves on the advisory committees for the Archives Concentration and the Resource Center for Gender and Sexuality.