Become a Friend of Aeon to save articles and enjoy other exclusive benefitsMake a donation
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).