Gary Younge

Alfred Knobler Fellow

Gary Younge, Alfred Knobler Fellow at Type Media Center, is a freelance journalist, and has been appointed professor of Sociology at Manchester University in Britain.  A member of the editorial board for The Nation magazine, where he was once a columnist,  he was  also formerly editor-at-large for The Guardian where he was an award-winning columnist, feature writer and foreign correspondent.

Younge has written for The New York Times, New York Review of Books Los Angeles Times,  The London Review of Books, Vogue (UK) GQ and The New Statesman! He has also presented several television documentaries, most recently Angry White and American.

Formerly the Belle Zeller visiting professor of public policy and social administration at Brooklyn College, CUNY, and currently a visiting professor at London South Bank University he left The Guardian in 2020 to become a professor of Sociology at Manchester. He has five honorary degrees from British universities and one from Mount Holyoke in Massachusetts.


Another Day in the Death of America

A timely chronicle of what is now an ordinary day in America, where gun violence regularly takes the lives of children and teens, and leaves shattered families in its wake.

Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States

Black, opinionated, and with a distinctly working-class London accent, Gary Younge is not your typical foreign correspondent. Yet, in three years as The Guardian newspaper’s New York correspondent, Younge has acquired a transatlantic reputation as one of the most thoughtful commentators on contemporary America. Combining insight and panache, he has precisely captured the intricacies of a nation perplexed at its growing isolation from the rest of the world and often bitterly divided against itself.

No Place Like Home: A Black Briton's Journey Through the American South

In 1997 Gary Younge explored the American South by retracing the route of the original Freedom Riders of the 1960s. His road trip was a remarkable socio-cultural adventure for an outsider. He was British, journalistically curious, and black.


‘I want it to hit people in the gut’: Chris Ofili on his epic, three-wall Grenfell fresco

The artist has finally chosen to address the tragedy – with Requiem, a vast work depicting a flaming building, fleeing souls and an ocean of tears. He explains why he placed an artist who died at its centre.

How Britain Buried Its History Of Slavery

Slavery is a central and indisputable fact of the nation’s past. But our failure to remember what really happened is more than mere forgetfulness.

On my radar: Gary Younge’s cultural highlights

The author and academic on Richard Wright’s great unpublished novel, the joy of Brighton pier and dining alongside Gilbert and George.

‘I have no problem being regarded as a Black writer, but I won’t be confined by it’: Gary Younge on race, politics and pigeonholing

At 24, Gary Younge was sent to report for the Guardian on South Africa’s first democratic elections. Thirty years on, he reflects on his career, how the world has changed – and what still needs to be done.

Bloodbath Nation by Paul Auster review – US gun violence under the microscope

A brilliant storyteller attempts to get at the roots of the American obsession with firearms – but leaves readers feeling as hopeless as when they started.

Boris Johnson’s Downfall Also Marks Brexit’s Final Act

A potent combination of sex, booze, and lies finally turned the British prime minister’s narcissism, contempt for truth, and blatant disregard for convention from personality traits into political liabilities.

What Covid Taught Us About Racism And What We Need To Do Now

We were told coronavirus didn’t discriminate, but it didn’t need to – society had already done that for us. But there is a path to a fairer future if we want it.

Giving Josephine Baker A Hero’s Grave Won’t Bury The Truth

Type Fellow Gary Younge examines the politics behind the decision to celebrate Josephine Baker at Paris’ Pantheon

How Nella Larsen’s Passing deconstructed the question of race

Gary Younge On What Larsen’s 1929 Novel, And Its Netflix Adaptation Can Teach Us About Race.

“It Didn’t Stop Rihanna...”: History-Making Prime Minister Mia Mottley Has Monumental Plans For Barbados

As she leads Barbados towards republicanism, charismatic Prime Minister Mia Mottley talks to Gary Younge about shaking off its colonial past and rewriting the future in the September 2021 issue of British Vogue. Photographs by Kyle Babb.

Out Hunting

Gary Younge Reviews “We Own This City”

Type Fellow Gary Younge Interviews Lewis Hamilton

He’s the most successful driver Formula One has ever seen, and its only Black star. Now Lewis Hamilton has a new mission: to change the sport that made him.