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.” In 2019, Real Queer America won the Judy Turner Prize for Community Service from the Decatur Book Festival. Samantha’s debut, Love & Estrogen (Amazon Original Stories, 2018), tells the unforgettable story of Samantha meeting her wife in a Kinsey Institute elevator—a real-life queer rom-com. She has appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and C-SPAN’s “Book TV,” as well as several radio programs and podcasts. She is now touring nationwide, reading and signing Real Queer America. When not working on her next book, Samantha writes a travel newsletter called Get Lost and co-hosts the Double W podcast.
Samantha is also a GLAAD-Award winning journalist, previously covering LGBTQ stories as a senior reporter for The Daily Beast and as a Sex + Life staff writer for Fusion. Her full list of bylines includes The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Out, CNN, Crosscut, 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. 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 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 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 was honored with an Unsung Heroine Award from the Center for Women at Emory and with the Transgender Advocate of the Year Award from Emory’s Office of LGBT Life.
Samantha is the Internet’s premier alpaca enthusiast and her love of The Bachelor knows no bounds. When not writing, she can be found traveling the country with her wife, collecting patches from national parks to sew onto a denim jacket.