Joshua Gamson is an American scholar and author. A graduate of Swarthmore College and the University of California, Berkeley, he served on the faculty of Yale University before becoming a professor of sociology at the University of San Francisco. His work has appeared in The Nation, The American Prospect, Newsday, Gender & Society, the Journal of the History of Sexuality, and Sociological Inquiry. He is the son of sociologists William and Zelda Gamson.
Gamson received the 2006 Stonewall Book Award for nonfiction for The Fabulous Sylvester, his biography of disco singer and activist Sylvester, which was also shortlisted for the 2005 Lambda Literary Awards. He was a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow and received a Placek Award from the American Psychological Association in 1995.
- Claims to Fame: Celebrity in Contemporary America (1994)
- Freaks Talk Back: Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity (1998)
- The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, The Music, The Seventies in San Francisco (2005)
- "Joshua Gamson: Profile". College of Arts and Sciences, University of San Francisco. 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-26.
- Ochs, Robyn (1999). "Freaks Talk Back: Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity (review)". Anything That Moves. Retrieved 2014-01-26.
- Gamson, Joshua (Summer 2013). "Keeping it in the family". Contexts. Retrieved 2014-01-26.
- Staff report (May 11, 2006). "2006 Stonewall Book Award winners announced". The Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved 2014-01-26.
- Gonzalez Cerna, Antonio (April 9, 2005). "18th Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Lambda Literary Foundation. Retrieved 2014-01-26.
- Carpenter, Edward (May 27, 2009). "USF Sociologist Wins Guggenheim". USF Newsroom. Retrieved 2014-01-26.
- "Recipients of the Wayne F. Placek Award". Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis. 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-26.