Dr. Samantha Allen is an author and journalist who writes about gender, sexuality, and pop culture. She is a senior writer for The Daily Beast covering LGBT stories and a former Sex + Life writer for Fusion. In 2018, she won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism Article. Her reported memoir Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States is forthcoming from Little, Brown in Spring 2019.

Samantha holds a Ph.D. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a certificate in Psychoanalytic Studies from Emory University, where she was the recipient of a George W. Woodruff Fellowship. Her scholarly articles have been published in Feminist Theory and Loading: The Journal of the Canadian Game Studies AssociationIn 2013, she received the John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology from the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University in Bloomington. She met her partner of five years in a Kinsey Institute elevator—a true queer love story.

While completing her dissertation on sexual fetishism, Samantha was a regular contributor to The Daily BeastPaste Magazine, The Daily Dot, and Hello Giggles. Her freelance writing has also appeared on Rolling Stone, Jacobin, The Advocate, Salon, Huffington Post, Mic, Kinsey Confidential, and in Adult Magazine. She has made media appearances on MSNBC, CNN, NPR’s On the Media, and HuffPost Live. She is the Internet’s premier alpaca enthusiast and her love of The Bachelor knows no bounds.