Kishonna Gray

Assistant professor of communication and gender and women's studies

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Kishonna Gray’s Expert Guide. (Photo: Jenny Fontaine)

Kishonna Gray’s research broadly covers the intersection of race, gender and digital media, with a particular focus on video games and gaming culture.

In her book “Race, Gender, & Deviance in Xbox Live,” Gray examines the racism, sexism, and other types of harassment faced by women and people of color in one of the largest virtual gaming communities and multi-media platforms.

She is co-editor of two volumes on culture and gaming, one which focuses on women as they are depicted in video games, as participants in games culture, and as contributors to the games industry. The second explores the potential of video games to foster change and become a catalyst for social justice.

Her current project looks at the experience for black gamers and identity development and justice issues within gaming culture.

Gray has published widely in academic publications and her work has been featured by a variety of media outlets, such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Paste Magazine, Engadget, BET, and Blavity. She is also a featured blogger and podcaster with “Not Your Mama’s Gamer.”

She is also a faculty associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

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