I’m a writer, cultural historian, and a Clinical Professor in Liberal Studies at New York University. I am also an Instructor at the Creative Nonfiction Foundation. In the not so distant past, I taught in the Princeton Writing Program, the Parsons School of Design, and the New School. For a number of years I taught at NYU sites in London, Paris, and Florence. I teach in areas of creative nonfiction, LGBTQ history, visual culture studies, and crime narratives.
My book Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall will be published by Counterpoint Press in the June of 2019.
My essays and reviews have appeared in The New Inquiry, Lambda Literary, Brevity, and Ducts Magazine. For a number of years I was the Arts Columnist at The Smart Set, where my reviews were regularly featured on Arts and Letters Daily and 3 Quarks Daily. For over ten years I have been a contributing writer to the Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide.
Born in Baltimore, and raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., I earned my B.A. from the University of Maryland, an M.A. from both the American University and Drew University, and a Ph.D. from New York University. I split my time between Provincetown, Massachusetts and New York City, where I live in a 300 square foot tenement apartment in Hell's Kitchen with my partner, the photographer Greg Salvatori, and our Labrador named Albert.