Kent is a PhD candidate at Florida State University where he previously held a Dan and Sylvia Walbolt Fellowship. He is a historian of gender and sexuality within the United States and Latin America, with a focus on the colonial, revolutionary, and early national periods. His current work concerns how people, in conjunction with settler states and law, defined and regulated sexual behaviors and desires in the Trans-Appalchian West during the Early Republic, 1785-1825. He has taught courses in American history before 1877, Latin American history, and social history of the United States while at Florida State.
Kent was born and spent his childhood in the northern suburbs of Detroit, MI.
He attend American University in Washington, DC, earning a double BA in American Studies and Sociology and a minor in Music Performance (Piano).
For almost three years after graduation he worked with non-profit organizations, primarily the Family Equality Council, the leading advocacy group for LGBT-headed families.
Kent returned to academia in 2009 to earn a MA in American Studies from George Washington University.
He moved to Tallahassee, FL in 2011 and worked as a Living History Interpreter at Mission San Luis, a state-owned museum representing the 17th-century colonial Spanish political town and Franciscan mission. He began the doctoral program in history at Florida State University in the fall of 2012.
Outside of the history classroom and archive, Kent enjoys the theater and playing piano, sometimes in pit orchestras for local theater productions.
Although he lacks any athletic skills of his own, Kent watches a lot of college and professional baseball and football.
He also likes to unwind with historical and cheesy murder mystery books and television shows and listening to (bad) pop music of the late 90's/early 00's.