Lois grew up in Washington, DC but moved to the UK at 18 to pursue their love of history and dirt. They attended the University of York, where they received a degree in archaeology. During this time, Lois honed their non-academic writing skills while running The Lemon Press, the university’s humour and satire magazine.
Lois then decided that their passion lay in history and things that were built out of dirt, and so moved across the Pennines to pursue their MA in archaeology at the University of Manchester. There, they spent their time studying how community-based heritage research can be used to better understand the commemoration of historical landmarks associated with under-represented groups.
Continuing their work with under-represented history, Lois then went on to complete their PhD, also at the University of Manchester. Their doctoral research combined film studies, museum studies, archaeology, and trans studies to examine the representation of trans history within British heritage sites and how museum interpretations are impacted by popular culture. Their work has been published in IPPR Progressive Review.
Lois has never been one to stick just to academia. They developed the first LGBTQ history tour at the National Football Museum in Manchester and co-created the Queer Research Network Manchester, which connects academics working in queer and trans studies across North West England. Lois also co-hosts Cryptid Zone, a (monthly?) podcast about mythological creatures.