Laura Wexler is Professor of American Studies and of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. She holds affiliations with the Film Studies Program, the Program in Ethnicity, Race and Migration, and the Public Humanities Program. She chaired the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program from 2003-2007, and co-chaired the Yale Women’s Faculty Forum from 2008-2011. She is also the founder and director of The Photographic Memory Workshop at Yale. A former Fellow of the Whitney Humanities Center of Yale and currently a Fellow of the Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference at Columbia University, she is co-convener of the Engendering Archives group. From 2007 to 2010 she was a Principal Investigator of the Women, Religion and Globalization Project, supported by grants from the Henry R. Luce Foundation and the William and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. Since 2011 she has been the Principal Investigator of the Yale Photogrammar Project, constructing a mobile, interactive geospatial digital map of the more than 170,000 photographs in the Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Archive held at the Library of Congress. Photogrammar is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Laura Wexler is a member of FemTechNet, and of the Steering Committee for the Distributive Open Collaborative Course (DOCC) initiative. Her scholarship centers upon intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class and power within the visual culture of the United States, from the nineteenth century to the present. Her book, Tender Violence: Domestic Visions in an Age of U. S. Imperialism
, won the Joan Kelley Memorial Prize of the American Historical Association for the best book in women's history and/or feminist theory. She is co-author of Pregnant Pictures
, and co-editor of Interpretation and the Holocaust
, and of The Puritan Imagination in Nineteenth Century America
. Her most recent publications are “A More Perfect Likeness: Frederick Douglass, Photography, and the Image of the Nation,” and “The Puritan in the Photograph.” Currently she is working on family photograph albums in post-conflict societies.