Alexis Coe is an American political 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, and Alice+Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis, soon to be a major motion picture. She is working on a third book 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 can often be seen discussing presidential history MSNBC, as well as CNN and many others. She hosted "No Man's Land"  and co-hosted "Presidents Are People, Too!" Alexis curated the ACLU'S 100 exhibition and was the assistant curator of the New York Public Library's centennial exhibition in Bryant Park. 

In 2016 and 2017, Alexis' work was included in The Best American Essays (she lived a feminist Walden in California in Pacific Standard) and The Best American Travel Essays (the New Republic sent her on a seven day, multi-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'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, Glamour, and many others. She is active on the lecture circuit, and has appeared at universities and institutions like West Point, Georgetown, the New York Historical Society, Mount Vernon, and the National Constitution Center. 

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 in Brooklyn, New York. 





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