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Kelly Anderson

Kelly Anderson

Kelly Anderson is an oral historian at the Sophia Smith Collection, one of the oldest and largest collections of women's history materials in the world, and a faculty member in the departments of history and women and gender studies at Smith College. As an oral historian, Anderson collects the life histories of women who are committed to making the world a better place for women and girls—activists, feminists, lesbians and queer women, social workers, writers and artists, and Smith College alumnae. As a teacher, her classes address the histories of gender and sexuality and are rooted in oral history practice and primary research in Smith's collections. Before coming to Smith, Anderson spent many years in social change organizations, including directing programs for preteen girls in western Massachusetts. Currently, she is working with a domestic violence organization in Northampton, raising a 12-year-old boy, and, in her spare time, writing a book about second-wave feminism.