Nonbinary since 1980


Jen Manion (they/them) is a social and cultural historian whose work examines the role of gender and sexuality in American life. Manion is currently Professor of History and Sexuality, Women’s & Gender Studies at Amherst College, an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society, a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and former Council member of the Omohundro Institute. Jen has been actively involved in countless efforts to promote LGBTQ history, receiving numerous grants and awards including funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

Manion is author of Liberty’s Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America (Penn, 2015) which received the Mary Kelley Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic and Female Husbands: A Trans History (Cambridge, 2020) which was a finalist for the OAH Lawrence Levine Award for the best book in U.S. cultural history and recipient of the British Association of Victorian Studies best book prize. Jen is co-editor with Nicholas Syrett of a forthcoming two volume series, The Cambridge History of Sexuality in the United States, Vol. I: Early America and Vol. II: Modern America (expected 2024). Jen received a PhD in history from Rutgers University and a BA in history with an English minor from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude. Female Husband to Jessica Halem.

Jen Manion & Jessica Halem

Press & Podcasts

Trans Policies Forum, Harvard Kennedy School

If you don’t have time to read the book….



Amherst College
Professor of History and Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies
Box 5000
111 Chapin Hall
Amherst, MA 01002

email: jmanion at amherst dot edu
tweets: @activisthistory

Faculty profile

Headshot by Code Purple Photography. Background Photos by Jen Manion: Cape Cod National Seashore Salt Pond Visitors Center, Eastham MA; American Antiquarian Society, Worcester MA; Paddington Station, London; Provincetown MA.