The Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies oversees and coordinates the work of several of Monticello's scholarly departments. This concerted, multidisciplinary approach is a hallmark of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation's dedication to advancing broadly the Jeffersonian legacy.

Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies

Historical Research and Programs

  • John A. Ragosta, Interim Saunders Director and Historian
  • Caitlin Lawrence, Scholarly Programs Coordinator

Getting Word African American Oral History Project 

  • Niya Bates, Senior Fellow of African American History
  • Ty'Leik Chambers, Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Andrew Davenport, Public Historian and Director of Getting Word
  • Suzanne Holt, Archivist
  • J. Calvin Jefferson, Sr., Consultant
  • Jenna Owens, Project Manager
  • B. Bernetiae Reed, Genealogist
  • Lucia Stanton, Consultant
  • Auriana Woods, Oral Historian


Jefferson Library

  • Anna Berkes, Public Services and Collection Development Manager
  • Megan Brett, Digital Librarian
  • Endrina Tay, Fiske and Marie Kimball Librarian


Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series

  • Kerry A. Dahm, Assistant Editor
  • Lisa A. Francavilla, Managing Editor
  • Andrea R. Gray, Assistant Editor
  • Robert F. Haggard, Senior Associate Editor
  • Peyton Brown Hasting, Editorial Assistant
  • Julie L. Lautenschlager, Associate Editor
  • J. Jefferson Looney, Editor-in-Chief
  • Gary Sellick, Editorial Assistant
  • Susan Spengler, Technical Specialist