Dr. Kishonna Leah Gray

  • Assistant Professor
  • PhD Arizona State University, 2011

Bio  •  Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

  • Department: School of Justice Studies
  • Office: Stratton 403
  • Mailing Address: Stratton 467
  • Email: Kishonna.Gray@eku.edu
  • Phone: (859)622-8880


Kishonna L. Gray (Ph.D., Arizona State University) is the Director of the Critical Gaming Lab at Eastern Kentucky University as well as faculty in the School of Justice Studies, African/African-American Studies, & Women & Gender Studies.  Her work broadly intersects identity and new media although she has a particular focus on gaming.  Her most recent book, Race, Gender, & Deviance in Xbox Live (Routledge, 2014), provides a much-needed theoretical framework for examining deviant behavior and deviant bodies within that virtual gaming community.  Her work has been featured in public outlets such as the Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology, Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, Bulletin of Science, Technology, & Society, New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, Information, Communication, & Society, among others.  Her work has also been featured in the LA Times, Paste Magazine, Engadget, The Guardian, BET, and Blavity.  She’s a featured blogger and podcaster with “Not Your Mama’s Gamer” (http://www.nymgamer.com/). She also actively blogs on her own websites at www.kishonnagray.com and at http://lachezbippy.kinja.com/.  Follow her on Twitter @DrGrayThaPhx and the Critical Gaming Lab @CriticalGameLab

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Research Interests: Identity, Performance, & New Media; Social Inequalities in Virtual Gaming Communities; Modern Racism and Immigration Discourse




Bio and C.V.