Dr. Samantha Allen is the author of Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States (Little, Brown, March 2019) and Love & Estrogen (Amazon Original Stories, 2018). She is currently a senior reporter for The Daily Beast covering LGBT stories and a former Sex + Life staff writer for Fusion. In 2018, she won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism Article—and in 2019, she was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award in the same category.

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 writing has 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 six years in a Kinsey Institute elevator—a true queer love story.

While completing her doctoral dissertation, Samantha contributed regularly as a freelance writer to The Daily BeastPaste Magazine, The Daily Dot, and Hello Giggles. Her writing has also been published by The New York TimesRolling Stone, BuzzfeedJacobin, The Advocate, Salon, Huffington Post, Mic, Kinsey Confidential, and Adult Magazine. She has made media appearances on MSNBC, CNN, and NPR’s On the Media. She is the Internet’s premier alpaca enthusiast and her love of The Bachelor knows no bounds.