Graduate Student Bios

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Jesse Bayker
Current Research: Women's and Gender History, United States

Jesse received a B.A. in History and LGBTQ Studies from CUNY Brooklyn College in 2010. He is a Ph.D. candidate and is currently writing his dissertation, "Before Transsexuality: Crossing the Borders of Gender in the United States, 1850-1960." His project examines transgender practices and narratives before the advent of sex reassignment surgeries. He is a recipient of the 2015 Schlesinger Library Dissertation Grant. For the 2015-2016 academic year, he holds a Graduate Assistant position at the Rutgers Center for Race and Ethnicity. He is also a fellow in the Rutgers Pre-doctoral Leadership Development Institute and co-chair of the History Department’s Committee on Minority Student Affairs.