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


Harvard students are encouraged to visit my office hours during the academic year. I prefer to meet in person, but you can also contact me by email at kaminsky [at] fas.harvard.edu.


As the instructor of record for sophomore, junior, and senior tutorials in History & Literature, I coordinate the tutorial system at the heart of Harvard's honors concentration in the humanities.  I teach a sophomore tutorial on Gender and Sexuality, and seminars such as WWI in Fiction, Film, Poetry, and Memoir.


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.