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 University. I also serve as Senior Adviser to Harvard's Dean of Undergraduate Education


My Fall 2018 office hours are on Mondays from 2-4 pm. Harvard students are encouraged to visit my office hours without an appointment. 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 all 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 co-teach a sophomore tutorial on Gender and Sexuality, and I teach seminars such as Alternative Archives and WWI in Fiction, Film, Poetry, and Memoir.


I received my Ph.D. in History from New York University, where I focused on the history of women and gender. My research has been funded by Fulbright-Hays, the Social Science Research Council, and the National Security Education Program. Drawing on legal history and gender and sexuality studies, I ask why some families are more highly valued than others. For example, in the first decades of the Soviet Union, family laws designed to protect single mothers defined marriage to include couples whose unions were not registered. Other women opposed the new laws, asserting that children born to parents in registered marriages were more deserving of state recognition and financial protection. To learn more, read my article, Utopian Visions of Family Life in the Stalin-Era Soviet Union. I also write about film for Film Comment.