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

Amherst College Service


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



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).


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

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