Kate C. Lemay joined the National Portrait Gallery as a historian in 2015. In addition to researching new acquisitions and assisting in the rotation of the permanent collection, Lemay is working on an exhibition featuring Marlene Dietrich, as well as a large exhibition about the women’s suffrage movement.
Lemay was most recently assistant professor of art history at Auburn University–Montgomery, teaching modern and contemporary American art history. Previously, Lemay was visiting assistant professor of modern and contemporary art history at Brigham Young University.
Lemay’s publications include “‘No Vain Glory’: Militarism, Diplomacy and Art in the American War Cemeteries in France” (Journal of War and Culture Studies); a chapter, “Retrofuturism,” co-authored with Elizabeth Guffey in the Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction (2014); and the chapter “Gratitude, Trauma and Repression: D-Day in French Memory” in D-Day in History and Memory: Comparative Perspectives (2014). She is currently working on her book manuscript, Triumph of the Dead: The American War Cemeteries and Memory in Postwar France.
Lemay earned a dual doctorate in American art history and American studies from Indiana University (Bloomington). She earned a M.A. in art history at Indiana and a B.A. in French and art history from Syracuse University.