Avery Dame-Griff is a Fixed Term Assistant Professor in Mass Communication at Winona State University. Avery received his PhD in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. He also holds a BA (2010) in English from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and an MA (2012) in American Studies from the University of Kansas. in 2016-2017, he was the Winnemore Digital Dissertation Fellow at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), where he studied how transgender-identified people used Usenet, an early digital communication platform. His research interests include social and new media, sociolinguistics, gender and transgender studies, and discourse analysis. His work has appeared in the Journal of Language and Sexuality, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. He served as Assistant Editor of AMSJ: American Studies from 2010 to 2012.