Dr. Jennifer Levasseur
Collection: Astronaut Cameras and Personal Equipment
Jennifer Levasseur received her BA in history from the University of Michigan in 1999, an MA in American studies from The George Washington University in 2002, and PhD in history at George Mason University in 2014. Her dissertation, Pictures By Proxy: Images of Exploration and the First Decade of Astronaut Photography at NASA, looks at the cultural significance of astronaut photography. She serves as the responsible curator for the Museum's astronaut cameras, Skylab program, and astronaut personal equipment (pre-shuttle) collections.
Prior to her work at the National Air and Space Museum, she worked as a historic interpreter at George Washington's Mount Vernon, and did a valuable internship at the National Portrait Gallery's Department of Photography. There, she cataloged photographs acquired through donation and developed strategies for recording portrait information in the museum's electronic database.
During her nearly 15 years at the Museum, Jennifer has worked on programs including artifact loans, the Museum's annual Mutual Concerns conference, and as a representative for the department on digital and other exhibition projects. Most recently, she curated the exhibit Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity and currently serves as exhibition curator for the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition.