I am the Director of Studies and Associate Senior Lecturer in the Committee on Degrees in History & Literature, and a Faculty Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard.


All Harvard College students are invited to sign up for my office hours online. You can also contact me by email at kaminsky [at] fas.harvard.edu.


As the instructor of record for sophomore, junior, and senior tutorials, I coordinate the tutorial system at the heart of History & Literature. My other courses include a sophomore tutorial on Gender and Sexuality, seminars on WWI in Fiction, Film, Poetry, and Memoir and Red Scares. In 2022-2023, I'm co-teaching HUM 90: Making It with Robin Kelsey in the fall, and in the spring I'm co-teaching Culture Wars with Steve Biel.


I received my Ph.D. in History from New York University, and my research has been funded by Fulbright-Hays, SSRC, and NSEP. Drawing on social and legal history and studies of gender and sexuality, much of my scholarship asks why some families are more highly valued than others. To learn more, read Utopian Visions of Family Life in the Stalin-Era Soviet Union or a recent review I wrote for KinoKultura's Focus on Ukraine.