I’m a Chicago-based Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University studying queerness, embodiment, phenomenology, surveillance, interface, affect, and video games.
I am a 2014-2016 research fellow at the University of Chicago’s Game Changer Chicago Design Lab. I’m a designing and developing a video game called The Doctor Will See You Now, which was showcased at the Different Games Conference at New York University and at a panel titled Chicago Made Video Games as New Media Art at the Adler Planetarium’s Adler After Dark series.
I have presented my work at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference, at the Console-ing Passions conference, at the Embodiment and Intersectionality in Games Studies Workshop at the University of Illinois Chicago, and at the Feeling Games Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology. I will also be presenting at the Queerness in Games Conference at the University of Southern California and at the Ordinary Media Workshop at Northwestern University. I have been invited to speak on panels about race, queerness, gender, video games and social media at the University of Chicago, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Columbia College Chicago. I currently serve on the Editorial Board of the Video Game Art Reader, a peer-reviewed journal focused on video games as art through history, theory, criticism and practice.
I’m a former Contributing Editor and writer at Autostraddle, and I’m the in-house graphic designer for Literary Death Match. I have worked as a writer, editor and graphic designer for organizations including The Feminist Press, Publishers Weekly and the Asian American Writers Workshop. I’ve also served as a speaker, panelist and staff member at Autostraddle’s annual conference, A-Camp. Oh, and I also appear in the Badass Feminist Coloring Book by Ijeoma Oluo.
I have a soft spot for Sriracha, I collect handheld video game consoles, and I’ve been playing an amazing amount of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth lately.
Find and follow me on Twitter @whitneypow.