Historian and bestselling author ALEXIS COE asks listeners to take a closer look at history and its complexity in new, fresh ways - and have a good time while doing it. In her talks, Coe discusses political history in an engaging, entertaining way that both informs and delights audiences. She is the author of the narrative history book Alice+Freda Forever as well as her latest book, You Never Forget Your First, a New York Times bestselling biography of George Washington that combines Coe’s rigorous research with her signature lively, humorous storytelling. You Never Forget Your First cracked open the scholarship around George Washington and was just named as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Books To Read and Smithsonian Magazine's Ten Best History Books of 2020. Coe has also written articles for Smithsonian Magazine.
Alexis is also a consulting producer on Doris Kearns Goodwin's three part George Washington series on the History Channel, hosts No Man's Land from Pineapple, and co-hosts the Presidents Are People Too! podcast, which recasts each of the American Presidents as real-life people, complete with flaws, quirks, triumphs, scandals and bodily ailments.
Coe has given talks sponsored by Hulu, Chanel, and Madewell. She is consistently praised for her engaging discussions, and is frequently asked back by hosts for more talks. As the Enoch Pratt Free Library put it, "Alexis was a delight, and gave us important context for today's events at both of her talks."
Alexis Taines Coe is an historian. She is the author of the narrative history book, Alice+Freda Forever (and is a consultant on the movie adaptation) and her second book, a New York Times bestseller, You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington cracked open the scholarship around George Washington and was just named as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Books To Read.
Alexis is a consulting producer on the Doris Kearns Goodwin's three part George Washington series on the History Channel. She is the host of No Man's Land from Pineapple and co-hosted Presidents Are People Too! from Audible. Alexis curated the ACLU'S 100 exhibition and was the assistant curator of the NYPL's centennial exhibition in Bryant Park.
She has appeared on CNN, the History Channel, C-SPAN, and CBS, and lectured at Columbia, West Point, Georgetown, Sarah Lawrence, NYU, the New School, the University of San Francisco, and many others. She has given talks sponsored by Hulu, Chanel, and Madewell.
In 2016 and 2017, Alexis' work was included in The Best American Essays (about living a feminist Walden in California in Pacific Standard) and The Best American Travel Essays (the New Republic sent her on a seven day, mult-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, Elle, and many others.
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.