Channing Gerard Joseph



Upcoming Events


May 15, 2021 - Virtual Event - REGISTER HERE ($$) - Panel: “Researching Overlooked Lives,” - Biographers International Organization Conference (New York, NY).

May 4, 2021 - Virtual Event - REGISTER HERE (Free) - “In Search of Our Black Queer Ancestors,” Stonewall National Museum and Archives (Fort Lauderdale, FL).

April 29, 2021 - Virtual Event - REGISTER HERE (Free) - Panel: “Fashioning a Life: How Style Matters in Biography,” Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston, MA).



Recent News


Feb. 25, 2021 - Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation Announce the 2021 Lukas Prizes Shortlist.

Oct. 8, 2020 - How a former slave became the world’s first drag queen, BBC Reel / BBC Global News, Alva French and Dan John.

Feb. 28, 2020 - America’s first drag queen was a former slave and LGBT rights crusader, says historian, Day 6, CBC.

Feb. 7, 2020 - Interview on William Dorsey Swann [Audio], The Natasha Hall Show, CJAD 800, iHeartRadio, Montreal’s No. 1 News Talk Radio Station.

Oct. 3, 2019 - 8 Nonfiction Authors Receive $40,000 Whiting Grants, The Washington Post (and elsewhere) via The Associated Press.

Oct. 3, 2019 - Whiting Foundation Announces 2019 Creative Nonfiction Grant Recipients, Poets & Writers.

Oct. 3, 2019 - 2019 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant Recipients, Publishers Weekly.

Oct. 3, 2019 - Here Are the Winners of This Year’s $40k Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grants, Literary Hub.

May 23, 2019 - 2019-2020 Leon Levy Center for Biography Fellows Are Announced, The New York Review of Books.

April 22, 2019 - News Roundtable: On Writing Careers & Queer History, WOBC 91.5FM’s The Weekly, Sarah Dalgleish and Roman Broszkowski.

April 22, 2019 - The Five New Resident Fellows (and a Dissertation Fellow) for 2019-2020, CUNY Graduate Center.

Jan. 17, 2019 - Joseph Speaks for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Week, University of Southern California.

July 9, 2018 - “Extraordinary” Tale of “First” Drag Queen [Is Sold] to Picador, The Bookseller, Heloise Wood.

June 2018 - Channing Joseph Inks Film Deal With Academy Award Nominee Lee Daniels (Creator of Empire) and Academy Award Winner Bruce Cohen.

May 16, 2018 - Journalist Channing Joseph’s HOUSE OF SWANN [Is Acquired by] Meghan Houser at Crown, Publishers Marketplace.

April 19, 2019 - Channing Joseph ’03: Narrative Journalism in an Age of Social Media, Oberlin College.

March 17, 2017 - Behind the Ancestry Commercial with Channing Joseph, Ancestry.com.

Oct. 8, 2016 - Gay African-American Takes the Helm of SF Alt Weekly, The Bay Area Reporter, Sari Staver.

Fall 2016 - News of the World: Joseph Receives “Bringing Home the World” Fellowship, Oberlin Alumni Magazine. [Not Available Online]

2016-2018 - Channing Shares Exciting Discoveries, Ancestry, as Featured on U.S. National TV Networks.

July 3, 2016 - Short Takes: The Bringing Home the World Fellowship Helps U.S.-Based Minority Journalists Cover Compelling Yet Under-Reported International Stories, Journal-isms, Richard Prince.

Feb. 25, 2016 - Sights & Sounds Weekly: Parables of the Future, KALW 91.7FM.

Feb. 18, 2016 - Joseph on the Black Drag Queens Who Fought Before Stonewall at OutHistory, Diaspora Hypertext, Prof. Jessica Marie Johnson, Johns Hopkins University.

Feb. 17, 2016 - “During Black History Month 2016 OutHistory.org is proud to present the fascinating original research discoveries of journalist Channing Joseph,” OutHistory, Jonathan Ned Katz.

Feb. 15, 2016 - Latino Folk Art, George Takei, and Octavia Butler: Three Can’t-Miss Exhibits, SF Weekly, Peter Lawrence Kane.

Feb. 1, 2016 - Octavia’s Attic: ARTifacts From Our Possible Futures, Black Girl Nerds, Jamie Broadnax.

Jan. 27, 2016 - The Life and Legacy of Black Feminist Sci-Fi Pioneer Octavia E. Butler to Be Honored With Weeklong Exhibition, Afropunk.

2015-2016 - Redefining Possible, UCSF, as Featured on San Francisco Bay Area TV Stations.

Sept. 10, 2013 - NYT Writer Headed to AP San Francisco, Adweek, Richard Horgan.

Sept. 9, 2013 - AP Hires New Staffer in San Francisco, The Associated Press.