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Alexis Coe is an American presidential historian. She is the New York Times  bestselling author of You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George of Washington, now out in paperback. Alexis is the first woman historian to write a biography of Washington in over a hundred years, and the only woman in over four decades. Her first book, the award-winning Alice+Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis, has been optioned. She is working on a third book on young John F. Kennedy for Crown and, thanks to a grant from Substack, launched Study Marry Kill, a newsletter, in December 2020. Alexis was a consulting producer on and appeared in Doris Kearns Goodwin's Washington series the History Channel. She frequently appears on live television and in documentaries on CNN, MSNBC,  CBS, History, BBC, and PBS. She hosted the podcast "No Man's Land"  and co-hosted "Presidents Are People, Too!" 

Alexis has contributed to the New Yorker, the New York Times' opinion section, the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, the Paris Review, Glamour, and many others. Her work has been featured in The Best American Essays  and The Best American Travel Essays, and her essay on marriage and academia was one of the Atlantic's Great Debates of the Year.

She is active on the lecture circuit, and has appeared at West Point, Georgetown, the New York Historical Society, the National Constitution Center, the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, and many more. 

 

Alexis curated the ACLU'S 100 exhibition. While in grad school, she was a project based oral historian at the Brooklyn Historical Society. She went on to be a Research Curator in the Exhibitions Department at the New York Public Library in Bryant Park, where she co-curated the centennial exhibition. 

Alexis lives in New York.