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Amherst College
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LGBTQ issues, transgender history, incarceration, women in prison, criminalization of African Americans, histories of social change, early america
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About Me

I am committed to the advancement of LGBTQ history as a tool for empowerment and justice in the present. Here are some accessible digital projects and resources related to LGBTQ history that I have worked on:

Recent Publications

Liberty’s Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America (University of Pennsylvania, 2015)

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

“Transgender Representations, Identities, and Communities,” The Oxford Handbook of American Women’s & Gender History, eds. Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor and Lisa G. Materson (Oxford University Press, 2018), 311-331.

“Language, Acts, and Identity in LGBTQ Histories,” The Routledge History of Queer America, ed. Don Romesburg (Routledge, 2018), 213-223.

“Prisons Prior to Mass Incarceration: The Ideological Foundation of Women’s Dependency,” Western New England Law Review, Symposium: Gender and Incarceration, 39, no. 3 (2017): 371-380.

“Gender Expression in Antebellum America: Accessing the Privileges and Freedoms of White Men,” in U.S. Women’s History: Untangling the Threads of Sisterhood, eds. Leslie Brown, Jacqueline Castledine, and Anne Valk (Rutgers University Press, 2017), 151-170.

“Gendered Ideologies of Violence, Authority, and Racial Difference in New York State Penitentiaries, 1796-1848,” Radical History Review, Reconsidering Gender, Violence and the State, 126 (October 2016): 11-29.

“The Queer History of Passing as a Man in Early Pennsylvania,” The Historical Society of Pennsylvania Legacies, Pennsylvania Pride: LGBT Histories of the Commonwealth, 16, no. 1 (June 2016): 6-11.

“Transbutch,” TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, 1 no. 1-2 (2014): 230-2.

“The Absence of Context: Gay Politics Without a Past,” QED: A Journal in GLBTQ World Making, 1 no. 2 (2014): 115-131.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
North America
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, American Revolution, American Founding Era, Gender, Higher Ed, Law, Politics, Race, Sexuality