Participant Info

First Name
Alexis
Last Name
Coe
Affiliation
Independent (Primary: Penguin, Audible, The Wing, ACLU)
Website URL
www.alexiscoe.com
Keywords
Presidential history, women's history
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About Me

Alexis Taines Coe is an historian, author, host, commenter, and consultant. She is the author of the narrative history book, Alice+Freda Forever, and is a consultant on the movie adaptation. Her second book, You Never Forget Your First: A Mostly Feminist Biography of George Washington, will be published by Viking (Penguin/Random House) in 2019. Alexis is curating the ACLU’s 100 exhibitions, to appear throughout the country. Alexis is a consultant for Lena Dunham’s forthcoming HBO project, and the in-house-historian at The Wing, as well as the host of its new podcast, No Man’s Land. 

She has appeared on a variety of CNN shows and was featured in five of the American Dynasties: The Kennedys, and is set to appear in American Dynasties: The Bushes. She also appeared in Leonardo DiCaprio’s Frontiersmen on the History Channel, and did a series of short videos for Biography. She has also appeared on NPR, CNN, C-SPAN, and many others. She has lectured at Columbia, Sarah Lawrence, NYU, the New School, the University of San Francisco, and many others. She has given talks sponsored by Hulu, Chanel, and Madewell. She co-hosted the Audible series, “Presidents Are People, Too!” with Elliott Kalan, former head writer for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” 

In 2016 and 2017, Alexis’ work was included in The Best American Essays (about living a feminist Walden in California in Pacific Standard) and The Best American Travel Essays (the New Republic sent her on a seven day, mult-state wagon ride to reenact the Gold Rush), and in 2013, her essay on how marriage helps male professors get ahead was one of the Atlantic Magazine’s Great Debates of the Year. She has contributed to the New Yorker, the New York Times’ opinion section, the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, the Paris Review, Elle, and many others.

While in grad school, Alexis was a project based oral historian at the Brooklyn Historical Society, and after graduating, she was a Research Curator in the Exhibitions Department at the New York Public Library in Bryant Park. 

Alexis is a native of California, now based in Brooklyn with her husband and dog. 

Recent Publications

She has contributed to the New Yorker, the New York Times’ opinion section, the New York Times Magazine, NY Magazine, the New Republic, the Paris Review, Elle, and many others.

Media Coverage
CNN, the History Channel, Biography Channel
Country Focus
USA
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, American Founding Era, American Presidents, Gender, Government, Museums, Politics, Race, Sexuality, Women