| Jennifer Levasseur
Collection: Human Spaceflight Cameras and Astronaut Personal Equipment
Jennifer Levasseur received her BA in history from the University of Michigan in 1999 and her MA in American studies from The George Washington University in 2002. She is now a PhD candidate in the history department at George Mason University, and working towards finishing her dissertation on the cultural significance of astronaut photography. She serves as the responsible curator for the Museum’s space cameras 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.
After more than a decade in Space History, Jennifer has worked on programs including artifact loans, the Museum’s annual Mutual Concerns conference, and served as project manager for the Department on organizing space artifacts at the Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Most recently, she led the content development of the final section of the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition about the future of human spaceflight, which includes a robot display and interactive Google experience.
Links and projects:
Moving Beyond Earth
Out of this World
After Sputnik: 50 Years of the Space Age