About Alison

Alison Kinney new headshotAlison Kinney is the author of a book of cultural history, HOOD  (2016), published by Bloomsbury’s “Object Lessons” series.

She writes a column at The Paris Review Daily on the art and artifacts of opera fandom. Her writing on culture, history, music, justice, and art has also appeared online at The New Yorker, Harper’s, Lapham’s Quarterly, The Guardian, Longreads, Hyperallergic, VAN Magazine, The Atlantic, L.A. Review of Books, Avidly, New Republic, The Village Voice, History Today, GOOD, LitHub, The Establishment, Noisey (VICE), The New York Times, and other publications. Two of her pieces have been named Notable Essays in Best American Essays 2016 and 2017. 

Sister Helen Prejean writes, “Provocative and highly informative, Alison Kinney’s Hood considers this seemingly neutral garment accessory and reveals it to be vexed by a long history of violence, from the Grim Reaper to the KKK and beyond–a history we would do well to address, and redress. Readers will never see hoods the same way again.”

  • “History in Wax” (Lapham’s Quarterly) was selected as a Notable Essay for Best American Essays 2017; it was also a Longreads Best of 2016: Under-Recognized Stories pick.
  • Alison now teaches writing at The New School and, in November 2017, will teach a three-week Getting Started online course at Catapult.
  • HOOD was published by Bloomsbury Publishing (Interviews, reviews & ordering info)