Joshua Gamson

Joshua Gamson’s most recent book is Modern Families: Stories of Extraordinary Journeys to Kinship (New York University, 2015). He is the author of three previous books: Claims to Fame: Celebrity in Contemporary America (California, 1994); Freaks Talk Back: Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity (Chicago, 1998), winner of book awards from the Speech Communication Association and the American Sociological Association; and The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, The Music, The Seventies in San Francisco (Henry Holt/Picador, 2005), winner of the Stonewall Book Award, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, an Out magazine Top Ten book, an Entertainment Weekly "Must List" selection, and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. Gamson’s work has been published in magazines such as The New York Times Magazine  and The American Prospect. Gamson is a professor of Sociology at the University of San Francisco, where he moved in 2002 after nine years on faculty at Yale University. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow (2009-10) and a Fellow at the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (2015-16). He lives in Oakland, California, with his spouse and their two daughters.

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