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The History of Anti-Black Racism in America, Provost’s Seminar and Lecture Series Amherst College 2020-2021


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



Female Husbands: A Trans History (Cambridge University Press, 2020).
Liberty's Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).
Taking Back the Academy: History of Activism, History as Activism, eds., Jen Manion and Jim Downs (Routledge, 2004).


“Carceral History in the Era of Mass Incarceration,” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography,  Incarceration in Pennsylvania 143, no. 3 (October 2019).
“Transgender Representations, Identities, and Communities,” The Oxford Handbook of American Women's & Gender History, eds. Hartigan-O'Connor and Materson (Oxford University Press, 2018).
“Language, Acts, and Identity in LGBTQ Histories,” The Routledge History of Queer America, ed. Romesburg (Routledge, 2018).
“Prisons Prior to Mass Incarceration: The Ideological Foundation of Women’s Dependency,” Western New England Law Review, Gender and Incarceration 39, no. 3 (2017).
“Gendered Ideologies of Violence, Authority, and Racial Difference in New York State Penitentiaries, 1796-1848,” Radical History Review, 126 (October 2016).
“Transbutch,” TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 1 no. 1-2 (2014).
“Historic Heteroessentialism and Other Orderings in Early America,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 34 no. 4 (2009).

Awards and Honors

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
Mary Kelley Book Prize by the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 2016
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

Scholarly and Professional Activities

Council Member, Omohundro Institute, Williamsburg, VA, 2019-2022
Editorial Board, The William and Mary Quarterly, Williamsburg, VA, 2019-2022
Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Historians and LGBTQ Histories, OAH, 2018-21
Steering Committee, The Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute / Massachusetts Historical Society Boston Seminar on the History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, 2016-19
Local Arrangements Committee, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 2019
Program Committee, Queer History Conference, Committee on LGBT History, AHA, 2019

Invited Talks 

University of Oxford, Smith College, Stanford University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Clark University, Assumption College, American Antiquarian Society, University of Connecticut,  The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard University, Mt. Holyoke College, Yale University, Wesleyan University, National Park Foundation, Greenfield Community College, University of Pennsylvania, Community College of Rhode Island, Harvard University, The New School, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Virginia Commonwealth University, Library Company of Philadelphia, University of Chicago, Wellesley College, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neil Theater Center, Eastern State Penitentiary, Skidmore College, DePaul University, Penn State University, Rutgers University, University of South Carolina, Massachusetts Historical Society, Brown University, German Historical Institute, Huntington Library, Plimoth Plantation, University of Rhode Island, Rutgers University

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