2022-23 Graduate Student Research Fellow
Alex Burnett is a PhD student in the joint History and Women’s & Gender Studies program. Her current research examines US transgender history, centering how race, class, and sexuality shaped the governance of gender non-conformity and the rise of transgender politics after 1945. She is a board member of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History (LGBTH), a graduate researcher with the Carceral State Project, and certificate student in the Digital Scholarship program. Broadly, Burnett is interested in LGBTQ history, carceral studies, urban history, and the history of psychiatry.
Research Plans: As an Eisenberg Institute fellow, Burnett will study transgender history in 1970s New York City. Using archival collections from the New York Public Library, she will analyze how trans women and transfeminine people navigated criminalized work, unemployment, and workplace harassment.