From 2006-2011, Joey Plaster worked as a radio producer and public humanities director affiliated with San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society. The recipient of the American Historical Society's Allan Berube Prize for work in public history, he has designed projects to interpret oral histories in relation to neighborhood gentrification and conflict, engage homeless youth activists in documenting and interpreting their community's history, and present pre-gay liberation college life through interactive online platforms.
Now a PhD candidate in Yale University's American Studies program, his dissertation focuses on the survival of queer youth on the streets of Times Square and the Tenderloin in the 1960s. Drawing on ethnographic and oral history evidence, the dissertation also asks how "street families" and extra-ecclesiastical "street churches" are remembered and memorialized in today's revanchist city.
Joey also plays violin in several community orchestras, geeks out about science and astronomy, and continues to work on a number of audio projects.