Alumni (Fellow)

Jon Grinspan

Jefferson Arts and Sciences Dissertation Year Fellow
B.A. Sarah Lawrence College (2006)
M.A. University of Virginia (2012)
Ph.D. University of Virginia (2013)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Jon Grinspan is a curator of political history at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. He researches, writes, teaches, collects, and exhibits on the history of American politics and popular culture. His work has appeared through the museum, as well as in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Journal of American History, and elsewhere. In 2016, he published “The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century.” Jon is currently working on his second book, called “Is Democracy a Failure,” on anger with American politics in the late 1800s, and how it gave way to what we consider the norms of modern American democracy.

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