Jennifer Putnam, PhD

Research Historian

Jennifer Putnam is the Research Historian at the Jenny Craig Institute for the Study of War and Democracy at the National World War II Museum. Jennifer received her PhD in History from the University of London, where she studied prisoner graffiti in Nazi concentration camps and ghettos. Her current research focuses on Briefaktion, a forced letter-writing campaign that camouflaged the true purpose of the concentration and death camps. Her work has been published in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, and will be featured in upcoming edited volumes as well as a photographic exhibition in London. Jennifer has also worked as the DPAA Research Partner Fellow at the National World War II Museum, as a project assistant at a publishing company, and as a translator. Prior to her PhD, Jennifer received an MPhil in Linguistics from Trinity College Dublin, an MA in Contemporary History and Politics from the University of London. Jennifer is also a Conny Kristel fellow with the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI), board member of the Art Deco Society UK, and a member of the planning committee for the Challenging Research Network.

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