I’m a Chicago-based Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University. My dissertation looks at queer video games & queer and transgender histories of software and computing. I’m also a graphic designer and game designer.
My research has been generously supported by Northwestern University’s Presidential Fellowship, The Sexualities Project at Northwestern’s Dissertation Fellowship, The Strong National Museum of Play’s Research Fellowship, and the University of Chicago’s two-year Game Changer Chicago Design Lab Research Fellowship.
I’m 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 also work as the Lead Artist and Graphic Designer for ArriBot, an educational board game company.
I have presented my research at conferences including the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference, Console-ing Passions, the Queerness in Games Conference, at the Ordinary Media Workshop, the Queer Places, Practices and Lives Conference, and the Queer Temporalities and Media Aesthetics Workshop. I have also 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, Columbia College Chicago and Northwestern University.
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 served as a speaker, organizer and staff member at Autostraddle’s annual conference, A-Camp. I also appear in the Badass Feminist Coloring Book by Ijeoma Oluo.
Find and follow me on Twitter @whitneypow.