I’m a Chicago-based Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University studying queerness, surveillance, interface, affect and video games.
I am the recipient of The Sexualities Project at Northwestern’s Dissertation Fellowship, The Strong National Museum of Play’s Research Fellowship, and I have served as a Research Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Game Changer Chicago Design Lab. 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 have presented my work 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 at Northwestern University, and The Ohio State University’s Queer Places, Practices and Lives Conference, among others.
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, 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.