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Steven Thrasher

U.S. Writer-at-Large, The Guardian

New York City

Steven W. Thrasher (@thrasherxy)  is Writer-At-Large and Senior Opinion Columnist at the Guardian US and a Henry M. MacCracken doctoral fellow in the department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, where he is completing a PhD in American Studies. In 2016, Steven is among the top 10 Guardian authors worldwide in having his work shared on Facebook; and, out of 12,000 writers who have written for the Guardian website since 2006, he is among the top 10 recipients of reader comments so abusive they have to be deleted. As a Contributing Editor at BuzzFeed, Steven won the 2015 Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism for his story on Michael Johnson ("How College Wrestling Star 'Tiger Mandingo' Became An HIV Scapegoat") from the Gannett Foundation and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA). Steven has previously been awarded a Courage Award from the Anti-Violence Project, a James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism from Hunter College, and NLGJA's 2012 Journalist of the Year Award for his writing in Out magazine, the Village Voice and the New York Times. Steven sits on the board of the American Sociological Association's journal Contexts and has forthcoming academic articles in that publication, Radical History Review and the Journal of American History. His most enjoyable writing assignment ever was authoring the liner notes for the Decca Records album Valentina Lisitsa Plays Philip Glass.

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