Mary L. Gray
Department of Communication and Culture
800 E. 3rd Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
office phone: 812/855-4379
department fax: 812/855-6014
Indiana University at Bloomington July 2004-present
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Culture
Affiliate Faculty, Gender Studies Department
Adjunct Faculty, American Studies Program
Adjunct Faculty, Anthropology Department
C. Phil. in Communication, 2001
Ph.D. in Communication, 2004
M. A. in Anthropology, 1999
B. A. in Anthropology and Native American Studies (double major), 1992
The social theory and ethnography of gender and sexuality; the intersections of new media and cultural identity production; the sociology of youth and public culture; qualitative methodologies, particularly ethnography online and in non-urban settings; the pedagogy of research ethics and its relationship to the construction of scientific knowledge and practice.
2009 Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America. New York: New York University Press, August.
Queering the Countryside: Cartographies of Rural Sexual Desire in the United States co-edited volume with Colin Johnson (in progress).
1999 In Your Face: Stories from the Lives of Queer Youth. New York: Haworth Press.
Peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters
2009 “‘Queer Nation is Dead/Long Live Queer Nation’: The Politics and Poetics of Social Movement and Media Representation” Critical Studies in Media Communication. Scheduled for Volume 26(3), August.
2009 “Negotiating Identities/Queering Desires: Coming Out Online and the Remediation of the Coming Out Story” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. Scheduled for Issue 14(4), July.
2007 “From Websites to Wal-Mart: Youth, Identity Work, and the Queering of Boundary Publics in Small Town, USA” American Studies. Forum on “Queer Rural Studies” edited by John Howard. Volume 48(2), Summer.
2004 “Finding pride and the struggle for freedom to assemble: The case of queer youth in U.S. schools” in G. Goodman and K. Carey (eds.) Critical Multicultural Conversations. Hampton Press.
Book reviews and other service writing
2009 From Fags to Dudes: The Construction of Adolescent Masculinities through Sexualizing Discourses (review of “Dude, You’re a Fag” by C.J. Pascoe). GLQ 15(1), Winter.
2008 “Rethinking the Section Assembly’s Role in Governance” with Florence Babb Anthropology News 49(5), May.
2007 Review essay of “Business Not Politics: The Making of the Gay Market” by Katherine Sender. International Journal of Communication 1(1), 111-115.
2007 “Face Value” Contexts: A publication of the American Sociological Association Volume 6(2), Spring.
2005 “Lesbians and the Internet” co-authored with Mary Bryson, Youth, Education, and Sexualities: An International Encyclopedia. J.T. Sears, ed. Greenwood Press.
2003 “The Plasticity of Vulnerability: Research with a Stigmatized Community” Anthropology News 44(8), November.
2009 Indiana University Trustee’s Teaching Award ($2,500)
2008 American Psychological Foundation of the American Psychological Association, Wayne F. Placek Investigator Development Award in support of the pilot project Vulnerable Subjects: Scientific Practice, Institutional Review, and the Politics of Sex Research ($3,000)
2007-08 Indiana University College Arts and Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship Award (full leave for Spring 2008)
2007-08 Community Outreach and Partnerships in Service-Learning (COPSL) Faculty Fellow ($1,000)
2008 Annual PRIDE Film Festival campus funding, including aHorizons of Knowledge Grant for visiting scholars’ honoraria ($7,000)
2006 Indiana University New Frontiers Grants in the Arts and Humanities award for support of the “Homeland Insecurities: Sexuality, Citizenship, and Empire: An interdisciplinary, international conference” scheduled for November 2007; co-applicants: Suzanna Walters, Jean Robinson, Heidi Ross and Maria Bucur ($20,000)
2006 Indiana University Campus Writing Program Summer Writing-Teaching Grant ($1500)
2006 Indiana University Department of Communication and Culture Travel Fund Award ($750)
2005-06 Indiana UniversitySummer Faculty fellowship from OVPR award and IUB National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend nomination ($8,000)
2005 Indiana University Multidisciplinary Ventures and Seminar Fund award for support of the “Homeland Insecurities: Sexuality, Citizenship, and Empire” 2005-06 lecture series; co-applicants: Suzanna Walters, Jean Robinson, Heidi Ross and Maria Bucur ($5,000)
2004-05 Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences Summer Faculty Fellowship award ($8,000)
2003-04 Social Science Research Council Sexuality Research Fellowship; advisor: Joshua Gamson ($28,000, plus $6,000 administered by institution and advisor)
2003 National Association of Student Anthropologists Travel Award ($100)
2002-03 UC San Diego Department of Communication Dissertation Fellowship ($4,000)
2002-03 Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) “Honorable Mention” Research Award
2001-02 GLAAD Center for the Study of Media and Society Dissertation Fellowship Award ($5,000)
2000-01 UC San Diego Department of Communication “Teaching Excellence Award” ($100)
1997 Haworth Press “Young Scholar's Grant” recipient for the completion of In Your Face: Stories from the Lives of Queer Youth ($1,000)
1997 Chosen as “One of 30 Leaders Under Thirty Impacting Gay and Lesbian Lives” by the national gay and lesbian magazine, The Advocate, in their cover story, July
2007-08 Honored as the “LYRIC Champion: Volunteer of the Year” awarded by Northern California youth agency, Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC)
1995 Second Place, Southwestern Anthropological Association Paper Award
1991-92 UC Davis Presidential Undergraduate Research Fellowship ($3,000)
1991-92 UC Davis Women's Resources and Research Center Research Grant, ($1,000)
2009 “You've got to fight for your right...to marry? A queer feminist critique of same-sex marriage (or why I want to divorce the gay and lesbian non-profit industrial complex)” Plenary presentation for the Feminist Futures Conference sponsored by the Unit for Criticism and Interpretative Theory, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, May 7-8.
2009 “You Want to Study WHAT?” Negotiating Institutional Review Board Approval for Lavender Language Research” Workshop for the 16th Annual Lavender Languages Conference, Washington D.C., February 13-16.
2008 “Engaging vulnerable subjects: Queering social science research at the twilight of the public university.” Plenary presentation delivered at the 10th Annual Queer Studies Conference, Los Angeles, October 10-11.
2006 “School’s Out! GSAs in the Press.” Presented as part of the “Leroy F. Aarons Summer Institute on Sexual Orientation Issues in the News” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 89th Annual Convention. The AEJMC Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Interest Group and the Annenberg School for Communication sponsor the Institute in San Francisco, California August 2-5.
2004 “Multi-sited work over the Internet: What kind of ethnography happens online?” Presented to the NSF-funded Science, Technology Studies symposium, “Studying Up—the Problems and Prospects of Multi-Sited Ethnography,” UC Berkeley, Gene Rochlin, convener, February 1-3.
2003 “On methods: Pondering the “newness” of new media studies in a not-so-run-of-the-mill ethnography” Invited paper for the New Research for New Media: Innovative Research Methods Symposium, September 9, UMN.
2009 “Risky business: Constructing (Queer) Human Subjects in the wake of neoliberal systems of ethics regulation” Presentation for the 16th Annual Lavender Languages Conference, Washington D.C., February 13-16.
2008 “From websites to drag at the Wal-Mart: Rethinking the boundaries of public space and the constitution of queer youth communities in the rural United States” Association of Internet Researchers Conference 9.0 in Copenhagen, October 16–19.
2008 “Negotiating Identities/Queering Desires: Coming Out Online and the Remediation of the Coming Out Story” Sponsored session (Queer Caucus) 2008 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, March 6–9.
2008 “Incite!/Insight?: FTM and Lesbian Representations Pushing the Dialogue” Panel organizer, participant, and moderator with Judith Halberstam, Susan Stryker, and Suzanna Walters, Bloomington, January 26.
2007 “Mentoring LGBTQ Students: Marketing Your (Queer) Self Successfully For Employment Inside and Outside Academe” Invited session (SOLGA Section) roundtable at the 106th American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, November 28–December 2.
2007 “Outwit, outlast, outplay: The politics and poetics of studying rural youth sexuality in this day and age” Special session paper presentation for the 102nd American Sociological Association Annual Conference, August 11-14.
2007 “Discovering Self on The Discovery Channel: Trans Youth” Invited session (GLBT Interest Group) paper presentation for the 57th International Communication Association Annual Conference, May 24-28.
2007 “Sex Research Meets Sexuality Studies: Unholy Alliance or Match Made in Heaven?” paper presentation for the Future of Sexuality Research: Methodological to Social Policy Innovations. Inaugural Conference of University Consortium for Sex Research and Training (UCSRT), April 9-11.
2007 “From queer objects to sexual subjects: rethinking queer visibility in U.S. popular cinema.” Presented at the Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, January 26.
2007 “What is New Queer Cinema?” Panel presentation in conjunction with the Departments of Communication and Culture and Gender Studies at the 4th Annual PRIDE Film Festival in Bloomington, January 25.
2006 “Too old to get close: The politics, pressures, and pleasures of fieldwork on youth sexuality in the U.S.” Invited panel (SANA Section) at the 105th American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, November 15- November 19.
2006 “You Can’t Do That!: The Ethics and Pragmatics of Ethnographic Approaches To New Media Research.” Paper presentation for The 2nd International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, May 4-May 6.
2006 “‘You can’t do that!’ The ethics and pragmatics of ethnographic approaches to new media research.” Presented at Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics Colloquium, Indiana University, Bloomington, February 17.
2005 “Bringing the past [back] into the present: Exploring the present tense of history in queer lives—Part 1, Part 2, and roundtable” Invited panel (SOLGA Section) double session and roundtable co-chair, co-organizer, and discussant at the 104th American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, November 30- December 4.
2005 “From Websites to Wal-Mart: Identity work and the productive fragility of boundary publics” Paper presentation for the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, November 3-6.
2005 “’It was like seeing me for the first time’”: Young rural women engaging genres of queer realness” Invited session (Feminist Scholarship Division) paper presentation for the 55th International Communication Association Annual Conference, May.
2005 “Passing class: Trans youth negotiating ‘realness’ in the rural United States.” Paper presentation for the invited panel, Sexual Subjectivities, the State, and Queer Discourses at Trans/Positions: Transnational, Transgender, Transdisciplinary, Transcultural A Conference on Feminist Inquiry in Transit held at Purdue University, April 7-9.
2003 “Do no harm? Ad-hoc ethics and the Institutional Review Board process or “Well, whatever you do, don’t let them call you from home!” Invited panel of the 102nd American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, November.
2001 “Looking for love in all the wrong places: Methodological notes on studies of sexual practice and online communities.” Invited panel of the 100th American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, November.
2000 “Troubling engagements: Queer youth, specters of pedophilia, and the politics of engaged queer anthropology.” Invited panel of the 99th American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, November.
1999 “Smearing queer meaning: Exploring queer diasporas in contemporary contexts.” Co-chair and presenter. Invited panel of the 98th American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, November.
1999 “Virtually queer: Identities online.” Invited session (GLBT Interest Group); paper presentation for the 49th International Communication Association Annual Conference, May.
1998 “Queer youth presence on the Internet.” Paper presentation for the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Conference, Queer Globalization/Local Homosexualities, CUNY, NYC April 29-May 3.
1995 “Queer realities: Putting theory to the test: The use of oral history as methodology in queer theory.” Paper presentation for the 5th Annual National Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Graduate Student Conference, USC, March 23-26.
1995 “Virtual culture: Surfing for collective identity and the (trans)locality of culture on the Internet.” Paper presentation for the Southwestern Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, San Francisco, CA, April 6-8.
Leadership and participation in scholarly communities
American Anthropological Association (AAA): Executive Board Member (Section Assembly seat) and Section Assembly Convenor, elected in 2008 for 2008-10 appointment
American Anthropological Association (AAA): Section Assembly Convenor-Elect of the American Anthropological Association, elected in 2006 for a 2006-2008 appointment
Ex-officio Board member, Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (SOLGA), a section of the American Anthropological Association, 2007-2008 appointment
AAA section memberships: Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (SOLGA); Association of Feminist Anthropology (AFA); Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA)
Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)
American Sociological Association (ASA)
ASA section memberships: Communication and Information Technologies Section of the ASA (CITASA); Sexuality Studies Interest Group
American Studies Association
International Communication Association (ICA)
ICA sections: ICA GLBT Studies Interest Group
Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)
Editorial boards and peer reviewing
Editorial Board Member: The Journal of Homosexuality 2004 to present
Manuscript Reviewer: Current Anthropology, 2006-present
Manuscript Reviewer: GLQ, 2007-present
Manuscript Reviewer: Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 2006-present
Manuscript Reviewer: New Media and Society, 2003-present
Manuscript Reviewer: International Communication Association GLBT Studies Interest Group, 2000-present
Manuscript Reviewer: Association of Internet Researchers, 2007-present
Proposal Reviewer: National Science Foundation, Science, Technology, and Society Program, 2008-present
Participation in university academic programs
Affiliate Faculty Member, Gender Studies Department, Indiana University
Adjunct Faculty Member, American Studies Program, Indiana University
Adjunct Faculty Member, Anthropology Department, Indiana University
Departmental service experience
Communication and Culture M.A. Exam Committee, 2008-09
Elected member of the Communication and Culture Executive Committee, 2008-09
Digital Media Studies faculty position Search Committee, 2007-08
Dialogue Across the Disciplines CMCL presentation on “scholar activism” March 28, 2008
Colloquium and Lecture Series Committee, 2004-2006
Equipment, Technology, and Space Committee, Fall 2006
Panel Moderator for CMCL’s Film Indiana Conference, September 14-16, 2007
MA Exam Committee, 2006-07
Merit-Salary Committee, 2005-06
Brown bag presentation on Job Talks for CMCL, September 9, 2005
Reader for the C122 Interpersonal Communication Ethnography prize, 2004-05
Graduate student travel grant award review committee, 2004-05
Campus service experience
Bloomington Faculty Council, 2009-2010
University Faculty Council Bloomington Campus Delegate, 2008-09
Gender Studies Institute Development Committee, 2008-09
Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics at Indiana University, Faculty Advisory Board member, nominated Spring 2008 to serve as an on-going member starting Fall 2008
Member of the Gender Studies Department ad-hoc Gender Studies Institute proposal committee, Fall 2008
Elected member of the Gender Studies Department Advisory (Executive) Committee, 2007-08
Program in Leadership, Ethics, and Social Action (LESA) Faculty Advisory Board member, nominated Fall 2006 to serve 2006-2009
Bloomington Faculty Council Fringe Benefits Committee (FBC), Spring 2005-present
Search Committee member for the new Campus Institutional Review Board Director (at the request of Peter Finn, Campus IRB Chair, Professor of Psychology, and Chair of the Hiring Committee) Fall 2007
Gender Studies representative to the Hiring Committee for COAS academic advisor (covering Gender Studies, African-American and African Diaspora Studies, and the Latino Studies program), Summer 2006
Chair of the BFC Fringe Benefits Committee subcommittee on socially responsible investment options, 2005-06
Media Services Advisory Group, 2004-present
Reader for the American Studies Program Graduate Student Paper competition, 2006-present
Co-organizer of the “Homeland Insecurities: Sexuality, Citizenship, and Empire” lecture series in coordination with Suzanna Walters, Gender Studies, 2005-06
Steering committee for the Gender Studies 2006-07 international conference on “Homeland Insecurities, Sexuality, Citizenship, and Empire,” 2005-06
Gender Studies ad-hoc committee to draft merit-salary policy and committee structure, Fall 2005
Reader for the Barbara Gray undergraduate Student Paper competition in Gender Studies, Fall 2005
Gender Studies Department retreat participant, Summer 2005
Faculty Marshall for the IU COAS Graduation Commencement Ceremonies, Spring 2005
Faculty and Staff for Student Excellence (FASE) Mentoring program, 2004-05
UCSD Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues: Co-chair, 1999-2001
UCSD Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Office Advisory Board: student representative, 2000-01
Other professional and community service
Co-presenter (with Colin Johnson) for a day-long student leadership training sponsored by the IU GLBT Student Services Office, April 3, 2009
Panelist for a campus roundtable and discussion on “Same-Sex Marriage and the 2008 Elections” co-sponsored by the Gender Studies Department and the Institute for Advanced Studies, December 3, 2008
Panelist for campus teach-in discussion of the politics of the 2008 elections, sponsored by the American Studies Program, October 30, 2008
Panelist for the CMCL MA Exam Brown Bag, October 24, 2008
Campus moderator for campus Bloomington Pride Film Festival presentation series, 2005-2008
Co-chair, Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (SOLGA), a section of the American Anthropological Association, elected in 2004 for 2005-2007 appointment
Grant reviewer, AAA Race and Human Variation Project, 2005
Chair, Steering Committee: Bloomington PRIDE LGBTQ Film Festival, 2005-2008
National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Leroy Aarons Scholarship Selection Committee, 2006-present
Interviewed on BloomingOUT public radio program regarding LGBT studies available on the IU campus and in CMCL, December 6, 2005
Soc.support.youth.gay-lesbian-bi USENET Newsgroup: co-founder, co-moderator, 1994-2004
(Fall 2009) C545, Introduction to Pedagogy in Communication & Culture; C385, Communication, Culture, and Community: Service-learning and community-based media production (topic: 7th annual PRIDE Film Festival)
(Spring 2009) C337, New Media and Society; C620, Ethnographic Approaches to New Media Research
(Fall 2008) C545, Introduction to Pedagogy in Communication & Culture; C445, Media, Culture, and Politics: Media, Social Movements and the Politics of Representing Dissent
(Fall 2007) C334/G302, Queering Sexuality and Gender in the Media (intensive writing); C620, Ethnographic Approaches to New Media Research
(Fall 2006) C203, Gender, Sexuality and the Media: Introduction to Queer Representations in U.S. Popular Cinema; C334, Communication, Culture, and Community: Community-based media production of the 4th Annual Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival
(Spring 2006) C203, Gender, Sexuality and the Media: Introduction to Queer Representations in U.S. Popular Cinema [new course]; C203/HON299, Honor’s section of C203; C620, Ethnographic Approaches to New Media Research [new graduate course]
(Fall 2005) C445, Media, Culture, and Politics: Media, Social Movements, and the Politics of Representing Dissent [new course]; C334, Queering Sexuality and Gender in the Media; C382, service-learning undergraduate internship experience producing the Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival [new course and model for departmental-wide stand alone service-learning course]
(Spring 2005) C337, New Media and Society; C334, Queering Sexuality and Gender in the Media
(Fall 2004) C337, New Media and Society [new course]; C334, Queering Sexuality and Gender in the Media [new course]
Visiting Lecturer, Louisville, Kentucky, Spring 2003: University of Louisville, Women's Studies Department: Gender and Public Dialogue
Lecturer, San Diego, California, 2000-01: UCSD Warren Writing Program: Society and the Individual; Embodying Sex, Gender, Class and Race: The Rhetoric of Performativity
Co-lecturer, San Francisco, California, 9/95-5/96: SFSU Construction of the “culture” concept and its impact on the notions of ethnicity, gender, economy, and space/geography. The course explored the notion of culture as an object of analysis from the vantage points of the four co-disciplines of anthropology.
Instructor, San Francisco, California, 5/96-9/96: SFSU HIV, Queer Youth and the Cyberworld. Weekly eight hour computer training seminars demonstrating the uses of various multi-media software applications and the Internet for Communities United Against Violence (CUAV), Health Initiatives For Youth (HIFY) an HIV/AIDS youth information and educational center in collaboration with SFSU. The participants were twenty “at risk” or HIV+ youth ranging in ages from 16 to 25.
PhD research committees:
Katarzyna (Kasia) Chmielewska
Lori Henson (Journalism)
Mark Miyake (Folklore and Ethnomusicology)
Korryn D. Mozisek
Issac West (successfully defended his PhD July 2008 and is now Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, University of Iowa)
Bryan Mitchell-Young (dissertation co-chair)
PhD advisory committees:
Inna Kouper (School of Library and Information Sciences)
Bradley Lane (Gender Studies)
Anwar Alsaad (Near Eastern Languages and Culture)
Aleena Chia (committee chair)
Lala Hajibayova (School of Library and Information Sciences)
Yu-Ying Hu (Gender Studies)
Tyler Pace (Informatics)
Laura Speers (Telecommunications)
Jennifer Terrell (Informatics)
Undergraduate independent projects and honor’s theses: