Brian Goldstone is a writer and anthropologist. He is currently working on a book, The New American Homeless, about the growing crisis of housing insecurity and homelessness in America’s boom cities, which will be published by Crown. His long-form reporting and essays have appeared in Harper's, The New Republic, The 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.