Nathaniel Frank
Senior Research Fellow, University of California

Dr. Nathaniel Frank is author of Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America (March 2009). He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in History at Brown University. Dr. Frank is Senior Research Fellow at the Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara and teaches history on the adjunct faculty at New York University’s Gallatin School.


His book, drawing on hundreds of exclusive interviews, presents the latest research and over a decade of evidence on gay service showing that gays can and do serve openly in the U.S. military without incident, and that the policy itself is weakening the military it was supposed to protect.


Dr. Frank’s publications on gays in the military and other topics have appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Republic, Slate, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Lingua Franca, among others.  He has been interviewed for national television and radio programs, including ABC’s Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, CBS News on Logo, the BBC and MSNBC’s Abrams Report.


He has also consulted with ABC’s 20/20 and CBS’s 60 Minutes. Dr. Frank’s research and opinions have been cited on the Congressional floor, in syndicated columns, in the blogosphere, the New York Post, The Advocate, National Review Online, the AP and other venues, including college syllabi and media roundups. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Unfriendly Fire
How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

Drawing on more than a decade of research and hundreds of interviews, Nathaniel Frank exposes the military’s policy toward gays and lesbians as the damaging...

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: How We Got It, How We Can Get Rid of It: A look at the disastrous policy that was implemented under President Clinton and how it hurts the American military and our Constitution.
What the Military’s Gay Ban Means About America: Nathaniel's presentation on the ban, the political pressures surrounding its repeal, and what it represents in American culture.
What Ever Happened to Gay Rights?: In an age of increasing complacency by the gay community, Nathaniel Frank issues a call to action.
Why Gay Marriage is the Triumph of American Civilization: A look at the progress that gay marriage represents through the lens of the founding ideals of the nation.
Queer Theory 101: Why Americans Need to be More Like Gays: A look at gay culture, straight culture, and America

Praise for Unfriendly Fire
“Frank’s lucid and timely book should put to rest any lingering doubt about whether ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is working—it’s been a failure from day one and should finally be put behind us.”
—Congressman Patrick J. Murphy

“Frank puts a human face on the flaws in this policy.”
—Marty Meehan, Chancellor of University of Massachusetts Lowell, and former congressman

"The main attraction in “Unfriendly Fire” is the agility and tough-mindedness with which Mr. Frank presents his arguments."
-The New York Times