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Dr. Kishonna L. Gray (@kishonnagray) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 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) (2016-2017).

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.” Journey with her on Twitter.


Good Morning America

Women and gamers of color detail experiences with online harassment in games like Call of Duty

Kishonna Gray discusses online harassment in gaming with Good Morning America.

Oct 21, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Anxiety from social media around the anti-racism movement

Kishonna Gray discusses social media during the anti-racism movement

Jun 12, 2020
The Guardian

'Woke Gaming' named one of 2018's best new books about video games

Woke Gaming seeks to push readers to recognize persistent inequalities, as well as those who struggle for change within both our virtual worlds and in our everyday communities.

Dec 20, 2018


Jan 10, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Examining Black Feminism in the Digital Era

with Berkman Klein Fellow, Kishonna L. Gray

Using Black women’s innovative use of digital technologies via the hashtag, via reappropriating imagery, via facebook pages and gaming, Kishonna L. Gray highlights examples…