Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University. She is also a staff writer at the New Yorker.
While at Radcliffe, Lepore is researching the history of the Simulmatics Corporation, a data firm, between its founding in 1959 and its dissolution in 1970. She will identify Simulmatics as a pioneer in the commercial application of work that lies at the intersection of the behavioral and computer sciences and explore how it marks a signal turning point in the mid-20th-century history of science and technology.
Lepore received a BA in English from Tufts University in 1987, an MA in American culture from the University of Michigan in 1990, and a PhD in American studies from Yale University in 1995. In 2012, she was named a Harvard College Professor, in recognition of distinction in undergraduate teaching. In 2014, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the American Philosophical Society. She is the author of, most recently, This America: The Case for the Nation (Liveright, 2019) and These Truths: A History of the United States (W. W. Norton, 2018), a New York Times bestseller.