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"Punishing Blackness in Xbox Live: Exploring the Significance of Race in a Virtual Gaming Community "


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Kishonna Leah Gray, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Justice Studies

Eastern Kentucky University

Dr. Kishonna L Gray is an Assistant Professor in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University.  She completed her PhD (2011) in Justice Studies at Arizona State University with a concentration in Media, Technology, & Culture. Her dissertation focused on the intersecting oppressions experienced by women of color in Xbox Live, a virtual gaming community.  Dr. Gray's research and teaching interests incorporate an intersecting focus on marginalized identities (race, gender, class, sexuality, citizenship, etc) and new media. She has published in a variety of outlets including Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, & Technology, New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, Crime, Media, Culture, the Bulletin of Science, Technology, & SocietyInformation, Communication, & Society, and the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication.  Her most recent book, Race, Gender, & Deviance in Xbox Live will be published in April 2014.