Professional & Biographical Information

My approach to history is informed by queer, feminist, and critical race theories — while remaining anchored in the archives. I regularly offer the following courses: Introductory level - History of Sexuality; LGBTQ History in Popular Culture; U.S. Carceral Culture; Upper level seminars: Global Transgender Histories; Revolutionary America; Race Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. History. I support and advise students in both History and the Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies departments. I also serve as an advisor for the Five Colleges Certficiate programs in Queer/Trans/Sexuality Studies and Reproductive Justice. Students can schedule in person and/or virtual meetings with me at https://calendly.com/jenmanion

Amherst College Service

Degrees

Ph.D., Rutgers University 
B.A., University of Pennsylvania

Publications

Books

The Cambridge History of Sexuality in the United States, Vol. I: Early America and Vol. II: Modern America, eds., Jen Manion and Nicholas L. Syrett (Cambridge University Press, expected publication date 2023).

Female Husbands: A Trans History (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Winner, 2020 British Association for Victorian Studies Book Prize; Finalist, 2021 Lawrence W. Levine Award, Organization of American Historians

Liberty's Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015). Winner, 2016 Mary Kelley Book Prize by the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic

Taking Back the Academy: History of Activism, History as Activism, eds., Jen Manion and Jim Downs (Routledge, 2004).

Honors

Elected Member of the American Antiquarian Society, 2020
Organization of American Historians, Distinguished Lecturer Program, 2018-21
Elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 2018
Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America Grant, Harvard University, 2017-18
Slavery, Abolition, and Resistance Fellowship, Gilder Lehrman Center, Yale University, 2017-18
New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, Research Grant, 2017-18
Amherst College Trustee Faculty Fellowship, 2017-18
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, 2012-13
Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2012-13
Top-25 Significant Queer Women of 2013 by Velvetpark Media, New York City
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award, Connecticut College, January 2011
Library Company of Philadelphia / Historical Society of PA, Mellon Fellowship, 2005-06
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Scholars in Residence Fellowship, 2005-06
McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Fellowship, 2004-05
The Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University, Seminar Fellow, 2003-04

Professional Activities

Nominating Committee, Organization of American Historians, 2021-2024
Council Member, Omohundro Institute, Williamsburg, VA, 2019-2022
Editorial Board, The William and Mary Quarterly, Williamsburg, VA, 2019-2022
AHA Committee on LGBTQ History Nestle and Romesburg Prize Committees, chair, 2020-21
OAH John D’Emilio LGBTQ History Dissertation Award Committee, 2020-21
Editorial Board, Early American Studies, 2020-present
Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Historians and LGBTQ Histories, OAH, 2018-21 (chair, 20-21)
Steering Committee,
The Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute / Massachusetts Historical Society Boston Seminar on the History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, 2016-19

For more information, see JenManion.com