My first name begins with a J (John) but I have always gone by my middle name, Seth. I’m a historian, an activist, a writer and a tea drinker. I currently live in Boston (and I love it!) although I call both Salt Lake City and Phoenix home. I have a masters degree in history from the University of Utah and I am currently a PhD student at Boston University. I study twentieth century American political history with an emphasis on the history of sexuality. My dissertation is about conversion therapy.

My husband, Dr. Michael Ferguson, and I are both academics and activists. He was the named plaintiff in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s landmark case that shut down a conversion therapy provider  in New Jersey on the basis of consumer fraud. We are also proud to be the first same-sex couple married in Utahheadshot1 copy

I published my second book LGBT Salt Lake with Arcadia Publishing on May 29, 2017.

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