Ruth Perry (email: firstname.lastname@example.org), JASNA’s 2009 Carol Medine Moss Keynote Lecturerer, is a professor at MIT, founding director of the MIT Women’s Studies program, and past president of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. She recently (with Susan Carlile) edited Charlotte Lennox’s Henrietta. Her current project is a biography of Anna Gordon Brown (1747-1810), a Scotswoman whose ballad repertoire was the first collected from a living person.
The Jane Austen Society of North America is dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing. JASNA is a nonprofit organization, staffed by volunteers, whose mission is to foster among the widest number of readers the study, appreciation, and understanding of Jane Austen’s works, her life, and her genius. We have over 5,000 members of all ages and from diverse walks of life. Although most live in the United States or Canada, we also have members in more than a dozen other countries.