Brian Goldstone

National Fellow, 2021

Brian Goldstone spent his Fellowship working on a book about America’s crisis of housing insecurity and the dramatic rise of the working homeless. Based in Atlanta, the project examines the intersecting forces—stagnant wages, inadequate tenant protections, gentrification and rampant real estate speculation, a legacy of housing discrimination—that make it impossible for a growing number of families to keep a roof over their heads. The book will be published by Crown. Goldstone’s work has appeared in Harper’s, the New Republic, the California Sunday Magazine, Guernica, and Jacobin. He received his PhD in cultural anthropology from Duke University.

Selected Work

  • The New American Homeless: The genesis for Goldstone's book, this is the story of a working family's futile struggle to remain housed in Atlanta—and how the city's "revitalization," as in many other urban centers, is coming at the expense of its low-income residents.
  • 3 kids. 2 paychecks. No home.: A portrait of homelessness in Salinas, a fertile corner of California that feeds much of the country.
  • A Prayer’s Chance: A story about schizophrenia, stigma, and the perilous state of mental health care in West Africa.
  • The Pain Refugees: An investigation into the collateral damage of the nation's war on opioids: chronic pain sufferers who are being cut off from their medication.