Dr. Samantha Allen is the author of Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States (Little, Brown; 2019), a travelogue that the New York Times Book Review called “a powerful book of memoir and reportage” and that the Los Angeles Times dubbed “a book necessary for anyone in or allied with the queer community.” Real Queer America won the Judy Turner Prize for Community Service from the Decatur Book Festival, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and was named a Book All Georgians Should Read. Samantha’s other publications include M to (WT)F (Audible Originals, 2020), a humorous retelling of Samantha’s gender transition in audio form, and Love & Estrogen (Amazon Original Stories, 2018), an animated e-book which tells the unforgettable story of Samantha meeting her wife in a Kinsey Institute elevator — a real-life queer rom-com. Samantha has discussed her books on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and C-SPAN’s “Book TV,” as well as several radio programs and podcasts.
Samantha is also a GLAAD-Award winning journalist and freelance editor, previously covering LGBTQ stories as a senior reporter for The Daily Beast and as a staff writer for Fusion. She is currently a contributing opinion columnist for Crosscut. Her full list of bylines includes The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Out, CNN, and more. In 2018, she received the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism Article for her article on the cultural erasure of bisexual men — and in 2019, she was nominated in the same category for her piece on non-binary inclusion in the workplace. In 2020, she was nominated again in that category for her work on them.’s “Queer Spaces Project.” Samantha has discussed her reporting on MSNBC, CNN, and NPR’s On the Media.
Samantha holds a Ph.D. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a certificate in Psychoanalytic Studies from Emory University, where she received a George W. Woodruff Fellowship. Her scholarly writing has been published in Feminist Theory and Loading: The Journal of the Canadian Game Studies Association. In 2013, she received the John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology from the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington. In 2014, she received an Unsung Heroine Award from the Center for Women at Emory and the Transgender Advocate of the Year Award from Emory’s Office of LGBT Life.
When not working on her next book, Samantha co-hosts the You Should See The Other Guy podcast and writes a newsletter called Get Lost. She is an alpaca enthusiast and her love of The Bachelor knows no bounds.