Avery Dame is a Ph.D. candidate in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Avery received his BA (2010) in English from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and his MA (2012) in American Studies from the University of Kansas.He currently serves as the Winnemore Digital Dissertation Fellow at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), where he is working on a project studying 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.