I’m an historian, educator, writer, and podcaster, living in Gainesville, Florida.

As an historian, I write about nineteenth-century men’s fashion (including in my forthcoming book, The Bearded Age) and aim to make scholarly perspectives accessible to the public.

As an educator, I have 8+ years of experience, teaching in-person and online, at a wide range of public institutions. In these settings, I have taught over 1,300 students in history, writing, business communication, and humanities. At present, I teach in the Department of History, the University Writing Program, and the Management Communication Center at the University of Florida.

As a writer, I have published 40+ scholarly and popular articles in The Atlantic, TIME, Salon, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Early American Studies, Vestoj, and elsewhere.

Finally, as a podcaster, I co-host a weekly show entitled Impolitic, featuring weekly conversation between myself, a socialist, and my libertarian co-host, Paul Matzko.

Originally from Trenton, New Jersey, I attended the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After graduating with a B.A. in history and religion (2007), I worked briefly as an IT consultant for a best-practices consultancy in Arlington, Virginia. Subsequently, I moved to State College, PA, where I received an M.A. in history (2011) and a Ph.D. in history and Women’s Studies (2015) from the Pennsylvania State University.

Lucy, hard at work.

I relocated to Gainesville, Florida in 2015, where I now live with my partner, UF librarian Hélène Huet, and my cat Lucy. In my free time, I’m a member of the Gainesville chapter of Socialist Alternative and the Alachua County Labor Coalition; I serve on the board of the Living Wage Certification Project of Alachua County (which I helped co-found); and I enjoy biking, hiking, and woodworking.

You can find me on Twitter at @ess_trainor, as well as on Academia.edu and LinkedIn.