Jennifer Finney Boylan: Author and activist

To receive the Chancellor’s Medal at the May 13 graduate Commencement ceremony.

Jennifer Finney Boylan

Jennifer Finney Boylan is the author of 15 books and currently serves as the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University. She also serves as the national co-chair of the Board of Directors of GLAAD, the media advocacy group for LGBT people worldwide.

Dr. Boylan has been a contributor to the op/ed page of The New York Times since 2007. She became Contributing Opinion Writer for the page in 2013.

Dr. Boylan serves on the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. She is a consultant and cast member for I AM CAIT, the docu-series about Caitlyn Jenner that debuted on the E! Network in July 2015. She also served as a consultant to the Amazon series TRANSPARENT.

Dr. Boylan’s 2003 memoir, She’s Not There: a Life in Two Genders was the first bestselling work by a transgender American. A novelist, memoirist, and short story writer, she is also a nationally known advocate for civil rights.

She lives in New York City, and in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, with her wife, Deedie, and her two sons, Zach and Sean.


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