Lisa Kathleen Graddy

Deputy Chair and Curator

M.A. Texas Tech University, 1987 B.A. University of Maryland, 1985

Research Specialties: 

Political History Collection; Women’s History Collection; First Ladies Collection

Role in Museum: 

Current Projects:

  • Extension of First Ladies at the Smithsonian
  • Women suffrage movement
  • Democracy in America

Past Projects:

  • The First Ladies at the Smithsonian, NMAH, December 2008 (indefinite installation); curator
  • Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life, NMAH, January 2009 - January 2011; collection manager
  • First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image Traveling version, Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Services, February 2004 – December 2007; co-curator
  • VOTE: The Machinery of Democracy, NMAH, July 2004 - January 2005; collections manager
  • Exhibiting George Washington, NMAH showcase exhibit, October 1999 - April 2000; curator
  • The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden, NMAH, November 2000 (permanent installation); Traveling version, Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Services, February 2002–2005; collections manager
  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A History of American Sweatshops, 1820-Present, NMAH, April – November 1998; collections manager
  • We the People: Winning the Vote, NMAH, September 1996 - October 2000; collections manager.


Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 
Professional Affiliations: 
  • National Council on Public History
  • Organization of American Historians


<em>First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image</em>, co-authored with Edith P. Mayo, Scala Publishers Ltd., 2004