Jennifer Brady is the Associate Director of Studies and a Lecturer in the American Studies Field in History & Literature. She received her doctorate in English and a Certificate in Women’s Studies from Emory University and joined History & Literature as a Lecturer in the fall of 2011. She also served as a Fellow of Academic Research in the Division of Arts and Humanities at Harvard in 2012-2013.
Her current book project, “Sentimental Reading in the Antebellum United States,” offers a historical and theoretical consideration of the widespread sentimentalization of reading practices and reading publics in the nineteenth century. Her work on antinovel tracts, fan letters, and historical and imagined readers has appeared in American Literature and Common-place. Her research interests include early and nineteenth-century American literature and culture, sentimentality, women’s writing, early African American literature, theories of affect, and history of the book.
At Harvard, she teaches junior tutorials that range across American history and literature and advises senior theses. She regularly offers an HL90 seminar titled "We the Readers: Reading Communities in Early America."