Kishonna Gray

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Faculty
Campus:
WEST
Mailcode:
3051

Biography

Kishonna L. Gray is an assistant professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the New College at Arizona State University. She is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.  Professor Gray previously served as a MLK Scholar and Visiting Professor in Women and Gender Studies and Comparative Media Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Her work broadly intersects identity and new media although she has a particular focus on gaming. She is the author of "Race, Gender, & Deviance in Xbox Live" (Routledge, 2014) which as been described by T.L. Taylor “an insightful, original, and compelling piece of research.” Her current monograph is tentatively titled "On Being Black And...The Journey to Intersectionality in Digital Gaming Culture" and is currently under contract with LSU Press.

Her work has been featured in both academic and public outlets. She’s also a featured blogger and podcaster with “Not Your Mama’s Gamer.”  Follow her on Twitter @KishonnaGray.

Education

  • Ph.D. Justice Studies (concentration in media, technology and culture), Arizona State University 2011. Dissertation: Deviant Bodies Resisting Online: Examining the Intersecting Realities of Women of Color.
  • M.S. Justice Studies, Eastern Kentucky University 2007. Project: Using critical discourse analysis to examine the racialized constructions of Black victims post-hurricane Katrina in online news forums.
  • B.S. Criminal Justice, Eastern Kentucky University 2005

Research Interests

Video Games

New Media

Race, Gender, and Identity

Interactions Online

Publications

Books

2018   On Being Black And…In Contemporary Gaming Culture: The Journey to Intersectionality LSU Press (Under Contract).

2014    Race, Gender, & Deviance in Xbox Live: Theoretical Perspectives from the Virtual Margins. Foreword by David J. Leonard. Routledge.

Volumes, Edited Collections, Anthologies

2011 Provine, D.M., Gray, K.L., Chapple, R., Sefiha, O., Walker, M. Perspectives on Justice (2nd ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt

Gray, K.L., Leonard, D.J., and Brock, A. Video Games, Culture, & Justice. University of Washington Press (Under Contract)

Gray, K.L., Voorhees, G., and Vossen, E. Gender & Games Trilogy: Women’s Studies Volume. New York City, NY: Palgrave-Macmillan (Under Contract)

Refereed Journal Articles                              

2017  Blurring the boundaries: Using Gamergate to examine “real” and symbolic violence against women in contemporary gaming culture. Sociology Compass (with  B. Buyokozturk and Z. Hill)

2015   More than addiction: Examining the role of anonymity, endless narrative, and socialization in prolonged gaming and instant messaging practices. Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology, 6(1): 133-147. (with W. Huang)

2013  Collective organizing, individual resistance, or asshole griefers? An ethnographic analysis of women of color in Xbox Live. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, No.2.

2013  Diffusion of innovation theory and Xbox Live: Examining minority gamers responses and rate of adoption to changes in Xbox Live. Bulletin of Science, Technology, & Society, 32(6): 463-470.

2012   Racism in the colorblind era: Examining the mediated responses to Arizona SB1070. Border-Lines: Journal of the Latino Research Center, Volume VI: 7-27. (with A.E. Raza)

*Deviant bodies, stigmatized identities, and racist acts: Examining the experiences of African-American gamers in Xbox Live. New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, 18(4): 261-276. (*Most Read Article for the Journal)

Intersecting oppressions and online communities: Examining the experiences of women of color in Xbox Live. Information, Communication, & Society, 15(3): 411-428.

2011  Mediated intercultural dialectics: Identity perceptions and performances in virtual worlds. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 4(4): 265-271. (with P. H. Cheong)

2010   Enron’s perp walk: Status degradation ceremonies as narrative. Crime, Media, Culture, 6(3): 1-16. (with G. Cavender and K. Miller)

Journal Issues Edited

2017   Guest Editor, The Journal of Working-Class Studies, September, 2017. Special Issue: The Poverty of Academia: Exploring the (Intersectional) Realities of Working Class Academics. (Co-editing with M. Ortiz, R. Chapple, and L. Long)

Book Chapters

2017   “Visualizing blackness – racializing gaming: Social inequalities in virtual gaming communities.” In Brown, M & Carrabine, E. (Eds). The Routledge International Handbook of Visual Criminology. Taylor & Francis. (with J. Mazurek)

                                   

2016    “‘They’re just too urban’: Cultural production, colorblindness, and racialized discourse surrounding Black gamers streaming on Twitch.” In Daniels, J., Gregory, K., & Cottom, T.M. (Eds). Digital Sociologies, University of Bristol: Policy Press.

 “The Internet: Oppression in Digital Spaces”. (2016) In Campbell, C (Ed). The Routledge Companion to Race and Media. New York, NY: Routledge.

 “Gendered alliances, racialized discords: Examining the contentious relationship among women in Xbox Live.” In Kafai, Y., Tynes, B. & Richard, G. (eds). Diversifying Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspectives on Race and Gender in Gaming. ETC Press.

2015  “Race, gender, & virtual inequality: Exploring the liberatory ‘potential of Black cyberfeminist theory”. In Lind, R. (Ed). Produsing Theory 2.0: The Intersection of Audiences and Production in a Digital World (Volume 2). New York: Peter Lang.

 “Cultural production and digital resilience: Examining female gamers’ use of social media to participate in video game culture.” In A. Trier-Bieniek (Ed), Fan Girls and the Media: Creating Characters, Consuming Culture. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 85-100.

Encyclopedia Entries

2014  “Discriminatory attitudes against Latin@s.” In The Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
STC 545 Games as Social Technology
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
COM 457 New Media

Honors/Awards

2016                          The New Scholar Award, Division on People of Color and Crime, American Society of Criminology

An award that recognizes an individual who is in the early stages of her or his career and has made significant recent contributions to the literature on race/ethnicity, crime, and justice

 

University Faculty Fellows Awards, Presidents Research and Scholarship Program, Eastern Kentucky University

A university research award providing reassigned time and a travel grant for a faculty member to conduct research        

                                   

                                    Vagina Educator of the Year Award, Annual Vagina Monologues Awards, Women & Gender Studies

A prestigious award honoring individuals who work to educate on violence against women and girls as well as solutions to alleviate the violence and victimization.

 

2015                          Diversity Champion Award, University Diversity Committee, Eastern Kentucky University

A university level award recognizing those who have demonstrated and promoted the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion with the campus community. 

 

Distinguished Faculty of the Year, College of Justice & Safety, Eastern Kentucky University

An annual, college level award selected by the faculty on the basis of three criteria: outstanding research, unusually effective teaching, and distinguished professional service.  I am the first pre-tenure faculty to receive this honor.

 

Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year, Nominee, Eastern Kentucky University

This annual award recognizes outstanding faculty who have substantial positive effects on developing students critical and creative thinking skills.

 

2014                          Most Outstanding Educator, Nominee, African/African-American Studies, Eastern Kentucky University

This annual award recognizes AFA faculty who have had a significant impact in the classroom through teaching, mentorship, and has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the educational and personal development of students.

 

Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year, Nominee, Eastern Kentucky University

This annual award recognizes outstanding faculty who have substantial positive effects on developing students critical and creative thinking skills.

 

2013                          Most Outstanding Educator, Nominee, African-American Studies Program, Eastern Kentucky University

This annual award recognizes AFA faculty who have had a significant impact in the classroom through teaching, mentorship, and has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the educational and personal development of students.

 

2011                          Teaching Excellence Award, Nominee, Arizona State University

This program recognizes graduate and professional students that exemplify excellence in education and classroom instruction.