Brian Goldstone is a North Carolina-based writer and director of the Media & Journalism Initiative at Duke University‚Äôs Franklin Humanities Institute. His longform reporting and essays have appeared in Harper'sThe New Republic, Guernica, Jacobin, Public Books, South Atlantic Quarterly, History of the Present, and The Johannesburg Salon. He has written about the crisis of psychiatric care in Ghana, life after incarceration, the plight of chronic pain sufferers amid an opioid epidemicIsrael's secretive campaign to deport thousands of African asylum seekers, and, most recently, homelessness and housing insecurity in the US. He is the editor of African Futures: Essays on Crisis, Emergence, and Possibility (2017).

Brian received his PhD in cultural anthropology from Duke University. 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. 

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