Nathaniel Frank

Author, 'Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America'

Dr. Nathaniel Frank is author of "Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America" which won the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award for non-fiction. A member of the adjunct faculty at NYU, he was an expert witness in two Constitutional challenges to “don’t ask, don’t tell” whose success helped end the policy. He is currently a research consultant for LGBT organizations, including the University of California’s Palm Center and the Movement Advancement Project, and he also consulted with the Pentagon Working Group. Dr. Frank’s publications have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The New Republic, New York Magazine, Slate, USA Today, Huffington Post, and others. He has been interviewed on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” the “Rachel Maddow Show,” “Anderson Cooper 360,” NPR’s “Fresh Air,” and more. Dr. Frank has spoken at West Point Military Academy, National Press Club, Center for American Progress, University of Pennsylvania, the Smithsonian and elsewhere. His research and opinions have been cited on the Congressional floor, in syndicated columns, in the blogosphere, and in college syllabi. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Dr. Frank attended Northwestern University and then earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in History at Brown University. He lives with his partner and two dogs in Brooklyn, NY.