Jennifer Brier is a professor of gender, women's studies, and history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she also directs the program in gender and women's studies. She specializes in U.S. history of sexuality and gender, the history of HIV/AIDS, and public history. She is the author of Infectious Ideas: U.S. Political Response to the AIDS Crisis (2009). She guest-edited and contributed to "HIV/AIDS in U.S. History: Interchange," in the Journal of American History (September 2017), the first feature-length piece on the subject to appear in the journal. She also coedited, with Jim Downs and Jennifer Morgan, Connexions: Histories of Race and Sex in North America (2016). With Jill Austin, Brier cocurated Out in Chicago, the Chicago History Museum's award-winning exhibition on local LGBT history; coedited the companion anthology; and wrote the introductory essay entitled "Out in Chicago: Exhibiting LGBT History at the Crossroads."
History Moves is a collaborative public and urban history project, with the express intention of designing spaces where community partners can determine the historical focus of exhibitions and public programs. A powerful example of what a shared authority might look like, History Moves, through collaboration with several different stakeholders, curates and displays histories of disenfranchised communities and themes in urban America. History Moves exemplifies what I call the "mobile humanities," defined as much by itinerant potential, as by a commitment to working with and for communities, structured by historical and entrenched systems of inequality, to become makers of historical narratives about themselves and their city.