About

Melissa Gira Grant
Melissa Gira Grant is a senior staff reporter covering criminal justice at The Appeal and the author of Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Verso).

She has been a contributing writer at the Village Voice and Pacific Standard, and her work has also appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, BuzzFeed News, the New York Review of Books, and the Nation, among others. Her essays are collected in Best Sex Writing, The Feminist Utopia Project, and Where Freedom Starts: Sex Power Violence #MeToo.

She has appeared on “Melissa Harris Perry” (MSNBC), “So Popular with Janet Mock,” BBC World Service, Channel 4, CBC, WNYC, and more to discuss her work.

She was a visiting scholar at The Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and she has been invited to speak on sex work, media, technology, and politics at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung in Berlin, and the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, among other institutions. She lives in New York.

Write Melissa at mgg@melissagiragrant.com and find her on Twitter at @melissagira.