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Mary is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research. She maintains a tenured appointment as Associate Professor in the Media School, with adjunct positions in American Studies, Anthropology, and Gender Studies at Indiana University. Mary studied anthropology before receiving her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of California at San Diego in 2004.

Her research looks at how media access and everyday uses of technologies transform people's lives. Her last book, Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America (New York University Press, 2009) looked at how young people in the rural United States use media to negotiate their sexual and gender identities, local belonging, and visibility in national LGBT politics, more broadly. Mary served on the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association from 2008 until 2010 and chaired the Executive Program Committee for its 113th Annual Meeting in 2014. Mary's current book project (tentatively titled “On Demand: Digital Labor, Platform Economies, and the Future of Work in Precarious Times”), co-authored with computer scientist Siddharth Suri, uses case studies of present day crowdwork on four different crowdsourcing platforms, comparing workers' experiences in the United States and India, to think through the social impact of digital workforces on the future of employment.


Sep 9, 2015

Welcome New Fellows: William Li and Mary Gray

By Summer 2015 Interns Achyuth Samudrala and Alyssa Smith

This post is part of a series featuring interviews with new members of the 2015-2016 class of Berkman Fellows. Conducted by our 2015 summer interns (affectionately known as … More


Apr 17, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Honoring All Expertise: Social Responsibility and Ethics in Tech

featuring Kathy Pham & Friends from the Berkman Klein Community

Learn more about social responsibility and ethics in tech from cross functional perspectives featuring social scientists, computer scientists, historians, lawyers, political… More

Nov 3, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Re-assembling the Assembly Line: Digital Labor Economies and Demands for an Ambient Workforce

with Berkman Fellow, Mary L. Gray

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at 12:00 pm Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University Harvard Law School Campus,… More

Feb 9, 2010 @ 12:30 PM

Beyond online/offline: Information access, public spaces, & boundaries of visibility for queer youth in the rural US

Mary L. Gray, Indiana University

Drawing on her experiences working for 2 years in rural parts of Kentucky and in small towns along its borders, Mary will map out how lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and questioning… More