Leigh Ann Carey
Politics and Culture Writer
Leigh Ann is gay enough but definitely not electable.
I write features and analysis pieces at the intersection of identities, politics, and culture. It is incredibly easy to view regions, people, and policies through a simplistic lens. I excel at surfacing stories in between the margins, on the edges of things -- stories that add texture and depth and even challenge what we think we know.
Prior to running headlong into the burning building that is The Media, I led online strategy efforts for campaigns around the country through Brave Creations, an agency I founded. While no candidate demanded I clean their comb post-salad, I did work for a candidate who threw a shoe at a client once. So, there's that.
How people make meaning in their lives is a longtime fascination of mine. I completed a masters in religious studies from Georgetown University in Washington, DC writing a 114 page thesis on interfaith politics in the South. I later earned a certificate in strategic communications and public relations from the University of Washington in Seattle, and I hold a BA in Political Science from Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina.
I live with my wife in Cary, North Carolina. Yes, we are the Careys in Cary, which we find absurdly amusing, with our dog Theodora, who is absurdly amusing in a different way.
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Topics I write on: LGBTQ culture (musicians, artists, writers, candidates); identity politics and electoral campaigns; activism/movements in the South; class issues and labor