Jen Manion
Associate Professor of History, Amherst College

Jen Manion is associate professor of history at Amherst College in Massachusetts. Their books include Liberty’s Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America (2015) which received the inaugural Mary Kelley Best Book Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, and Female Husbands: A Trans History (2020), which 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 (forthcoming).

Written by Jen Manion

Abigail Mary Allen and James Allen (The Female Husband); a hand-coloured etching and aquatint by Thomas Howell Jones (c1829). Courtesy the National Portrait Gallery, London

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Female husbands

Far from being a recent or 21st-century phenomenon, people have chosen, courageously, to trans gender throughout history

Jen Manion