Brian Goldstone is a journalist and anthropologist. His longform reporting and essays have appeared in Harper's Magazine, The New Republic, Jacobin, Guernica, Public Books, South Atlantic Quarterly, History of the Present, and The Johannesburg Salon. He has written about the crisis of psychiatric care in West Africa, life after incarceration, the plight of chronic pain sufferers amid the opioid epidemic, Israel's secretive campaign to deport thousands of asylum seekers, and, most recently, America’s homelessness and affordable housing crisis. He is the editor of African Futures: Essays on Crisis, Emergence, and Possibility (University of Chicago Press, 2017).
Brian received his PhD in cultural anthropology from Duke University. He is currently a visiting scholar at Emory University. Prior to this, he was a Luce/ACLS Fellow in Journalism, Religion & International Affairs (2017-2018) and a 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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