About

Brian Goldstone

Director of In the Press, Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University

Fellow, SOF/Heyman, Columbia University (2012–2015)

Brian Goldstone is a 2021 National Fellow at New America. A journalist and anthropologist, he is currently writing a book about homelessness, gentrification, and housing insecurity in America’s boom cities. The book, based in Atlanta, examines the intersecting forces—stagnant wages, a lack of tenant protections, predatory real estate speculation, a legacy of housing discrimination—that are depriving an unprecedented number of families of a roof over their heads. It will be published by Crown.

His long-form reporting and essays have appeared in Harper's, the New Republic, California Sunday Magazine, Guernica, Jacobin, and Public Books, among other publications. He has written about mental health in Ghana, life after incarceration, the plight of chronic pain sufferers during an opioid epidemic, Israel's secretive campaign to deport African asylum seekers, and, most recently, the dramatic rise of the "working homeless" in the US.

Brian is the Director of In the Press, a journalism and public humanities initiative at Duke University’s Franklin Humanities Institute. He received his PhD in anthropology from Duke in 2012. In 2017-2018, he was a Luce/ACLS Fellow in Journalism, Religion & International Affairs; prior to this, he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University. He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from Fulbright, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies. In 2015-2016, as a Justice-in-Education Fellow at Columbia, he taught at Sing Sing prison. He was named a New America National Fellow in 2021.