Dr. Nathaniel Frank

Dr. Nathaniel Frank

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Dr. Nathaniel Frank has been a Project Contributor since December 2011, has written 1 entries and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Dr. Nathaniel Frank is author of the critically acclaimed 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. Known for breaking the story of the Army firing of gay Arabic linguists, he is an internationally recognized authority on the subject of gays in the military and was an expert witness in two successful Constitutional challenges to “don’t ask, don’t tell” in federal courts.

For over a decade, he has been a consulting research and communications strategist for LGBT organizations, including the University of California’s Palm Center and the Movement Advancement Project.

Dr. Frank’s publications on gays in the military and other topics have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The New Republic, New York Magazine, Slate, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer, Lingua Franca and others. He has been interviewed on numerous television and radio programs, including “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” “Good Morning America,” the “CBS Evening News,” NPR’s “Fresh Air,” as well as Logo, the BBC, the Associated Press, National Review and more.

Dr. Frank has spoken at West Point Military Academy, National Press Club, Center for American Progress, University of Pennsylvania, University of Nebraska, McCormick Freedom Museum, Boston College, and the Smithsonian. 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 earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in History at Brown University. He lives with his partner and two dogs in Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Nathaniel Frank: Recently Filed


Will Defenders of DADT Stand By Their Dire Predictions?

Filed by Dr. Nathaniel Frank | December 22, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

This week marks a full year since Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and three months since the new policy went into effect. So how do we assess the change, and, equally important, does it even matter anymore?Read More