Alexis Ferguson

Department of English

Alexis A. Ferguson (they/them) is a PhD candidate in the Department of English and certificate candidate in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Their research interests include British literature in the long nineteenth century, queer and trans theory, narration and narrative theory, history of science and medicine, and theories of aesthetics. Their doctoral thesis, “Making Cis: Sex in the British Nineteenth Century,” examines mid to late nineteenth-century physiological and sexological texts alongside realist novels to develop a method of reading Victorian sex apart from cisnormativity. Major themes include scientific developments that prefigure the modern, cis-gendered body, narrative forms that construct sex before and beyond cisness, and the critical histories of Victorian, feminist, queer, and trans studies. Their published writing can be found in Gender & History (“On Knowing Nature’s Syntax: Preliminary Cisness, Victorian Physiology, and George Eliot,” 2023) and Victorian Literature and Culture (“Trans,” 2023). Alexis also holds an M.A. in English from Princeton University (2020) and a B.A. in English from Cornell University (2017).