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Lindsay Chervinsky

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Dr. Lindsay M. Chervinsky is an expert in the cabinet, presidential history, and U.S. government institutions. She is Scholar in Residence at the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College and Senior Fellow at the International Center for Jefferson Studies. She also teaches on the American Presidency at the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. Previously, she was a historian at the White House Historical Association and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. She received her B.A. in history and political science from the George Washington University, and completed her masters and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. She is the author of the award-winning The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution, which was published by Belknap / Harvard University Press in April 2020. Her work has also been published in the Washington Post, TIME, American Heritage, USA Today, History News Network, and more. She can be found on Twitter at @lmchervinsky.

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