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Melissa J. Gismondi

Melissa is a journalist and public historian. In addition to being a regular contributor to The Washington Post, the CBC and The Walrus, Canada's leading literary magazine, Melissa is the Senior Producer for BackStory, a popular podcast and former public radio show about the history behind the news headlines.

She holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia and a B.A. and M.A. in History and English Literature from McGill University.


  • 2017–present
    Lecturer in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Virginia