Mary Kelley is the Ruth Bordin Collegiate Professor of History, American Culture, and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. A former member of the Board of Trustees at Mount Holyoke College, Mary Kelley has also served as a trustee for the American Antiquarian Society. She was president of the American Studies Association from 1999 to 2000 and the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic from 2006 to 2007. She also chaired the Council of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture from 2004 to 2007.
Kelley has held the Times-Mirror Chair at the Huntington Library and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Rockefeller Foundation. She has served on the Editorial Boards of the American Quarterly, the Journal of American History, Modern Intellectual History, the Journal of the Early Republic, the William and Mary Quarterly, and the New England Quarterly.
Mary Kelley is the author, co-author, and editor of eight books. Most recently, she published Learning to Stand and Speak: Women, Education, and Public Life, a book that takes as its subject educational venues, which ranged from classroom instruction to literary societies to reading circles, through which women schooled themselves for leadership in antebellum America's public life. She is the co-editor of the newly published An Extensive Republic: Print Culture, and Society in the American Republic, 1790-1840, the second volume of the collaborative History of the Book in America. The editor of the Viking Portable Margaret Fuller, she has also edited The Power of Her Sympathy: The Autobiography and Journal of Catharine Maria Sedgwick. She is currently at work on “What Are You Reading, What Are You Saying?” a book that recovers and maps the relationship between reading and writing practices in early America.