About

Jen Manion is Associate Professor of History at Amherst College and author of Liberty’s Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America (Penn, 2015) which received the inaugural Mary Kelley Best Book Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. Their new book, Female Husbands: A Trans History (Cambridge, 2020) was supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities at the American Antiquarian Society. Manion is co-editor of Taking Back the Academy: History of Activism, History as Activism (2004) with Jim Downs and is currently working on a two-volume series, The Cambridge History of Sexuality in the United States, Volume I: Early America and Volume II: Modern America, with co-editor Nicholas Syrett (Cambridge University Press, under contract). Prior to joining Amherst College, she worked for ten years at Connecticut College as a faculty member in the history department and founding director of the LGBTQ Resource Center. 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.

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