About Joey Plaster

From 2007-2011, Joey Plaster worked as an independent public historian, radio producer, and freelance journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Joey is the recipient of the 2010 Allan Bérubé Prize for outstanding work in public GLBT history, awarded by the American Historical Association’s Committee on LGBT History. He was a 2009 fellow at the Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Joey's public history projects have explored San Francisco's Polk Street, pre-gay liberation Oberlin College, and anti-poverty organizing in San Francisco's Tenderloin. He worked with KALW radio, the Peabody award-winning transom.org, The Nation, and the SF Bay Guardian.

A graduate of Oberlin College, Joey has received funding from the California Council for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the San Francisco Foundation, the Rainbow Endowment, the Hermes Foundation, and the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program. He was director of the GLBT Historical Society's Oral History Program until 2011 and is currently a graduate student in history at Yale University.

You may contact Joey via his website.

Work samples:

  • Polk Street Stories, hour-long radio documentary created for the Peabody-award winning transom.org and distributed nationally through NPR's Hearing Voices.
  • Polk Street Oral History Project, recipient of the American Historical Association's 2010 Allan Bérubé Prize for outstanding work in public GLBT history.
  • Behind the Masks, 90-page essay charting Oberlin College LGBT life from the 1920s to the early 1970s.