Public Humanities

Joey has worked as an oral historian, radio producer, and freelance journalist with the Peabody award-winning, The Nation, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and KALW radio.

As an independent public humanities director affiliated with San Francisco’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical society from 2006-2010, Joey spearheaded projects funded by the California Council for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the San Francisco Foundation, and other funders.

Projects include:

Vanguard Revisited was structured as an imagined conversation between two cohorts of homeless youth activists in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district: one which in 1966 founded the seminal organization Vanguard and another which in 2011 “reconstituted” the organization around contemporary concerns by reenacting its street theater, artistic productions, and organizational structure. Jan. 2010-June 2011. More here.



Awarded the American Historical Association’s 2010 Allan Berube Prize for public humanities, Polk Street: Lives in Transition interpreted more than seventy original oral histories in relation to contemporary neighborhood change and conflict. Outcomes included a multimedia exhibit, radio documentaries, historical narratives, and a series of neighborhood dialogues and events. Oct. 2007-Dec. 2009. More here.



The Oberlin College LGBT Community History Project  interpreted more than seventy oral histories through a thesis-length paper and permanent, multimedia archive, currently being maintained by the college administration and used as a teaching resource in Oberlin classrooms. July 2005-present.

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