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Current Position (2020):
Lecturer of Communication Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA).

2017-2019: Fixed-Term Assistant Professor of Mass Communication and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS), Winona State University (Winona, MN).


Ph.D., Women’s Studies, May 2017  | University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Dissertation Title:  “Talk Amongst Yourselves: ‘Community’ in Transgender Counterpublic Discourse Online, 1990-2014”
Committee: Jason Farman (co-chair), Katie King (co-chair and advisor), Alexis Lothian, Kristy Maddux, and Kari Kraus
Areas of Research: New Media, Feminist Science and Technology Studies, Gender Studies, Digital Humanities

M.A., American Studies, April 2012 | University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Thesis: “’I’m your hero? Like me?’: The Category of “Expert” in the Trans Male Vlog”
Advisor: Ben Chappell

B.A., English, May 2010 | University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Minors: Journalism, Asian Studies
Honors: Magna Cum Laude


Book Manuscript

The Two Revolutions: A History of Transgender Networking Online (In Progress).

Journal Articles

Haimson, Oliver, Avery Dame-Griff, Elias Capello, and Zahari Richter. “Tumblr was a Trans Technology: The Meaning, Importance, History, and Future of Trans Technologies.” Feminist Media Studies. Accepted.

Dame-Griff, Avery. “Herding the ‘Performing Elephants:’ Using Computational Methods to Study Usenet.” Internet Histories: Digital Technology, Culture and Society. Forthcoming.

Dame, Avery. “Mapping the Territory: Archiving the Trans Website in an Age of Search.” Transgender Studies Quarterly 3, no. 3-4 (2016): 628-636.

Dame, Avery. “Making a Name for Yourself: Tagging as Transgender Ontological Practice on Tumblr.” Critical Studies in Media Communication 33, no. 1 (2016): 23–37. | Reprinted in Queer Technologies: Affordances, Affect, Ambivalence. Edited by Katherine Sender and Adrienne Shaw. London: Routledge, 2017.

Dame, Avery. “’I’m your hero? Like me?’: The Category of “Expert” in the Trans Male Vlog,” Journal of Language and Sexuality 2, no. 1 (2013): 40-69.

Encyclopedia Entries and Book Chapters

Dame-Griff, Avery. “Trans Cultures Online.” In The International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication, edited by Karen Ross and Marco Scarcelli. John Wiley. Forthcoming.

Dame-Griff, Avery. “The Mechanics of Identity Work among Gender/Sexual Minorities on Tumblr, 2010s.” In A Tumblr Book, edited by Allison McCracken, Alexander Cho, Louisa Stein, and Indira Neill Hoch. University of Iowa Press. Forthcoming.

Dame-Griff, Avery. “Algorithms are a Feminist Issue.” In Feminist and Queer Theories: A Transnational Reader, edited by L. Ayu Saraswati and Barbara Shaw. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.

Book Reviews

Dame-Griff, Avery. Review of Representing Trans: Linguistic, Legal and Everyday Perspectives, edited by Evan Hazenberg and Miriam Meyerhoff. Language in Society 47, no. 4 (2018): 647-648.

Review of Transfeminist Perspectives in and beyond Transgender and Gender Studies, edited by Anne EnkeWomen’s Studies in Communication 37, no. 1 (2014): 111-113.

Extension Publications

Transgender Usenet Research Guide. Digital Transgender Archive. November 2017.
Tracing Terminology: Researching Early Use of “Cisgender.” AHA Today. May 22, 2017.
Being Trans Online: Visibility and Imposition,” The Toast. April 7, 2014.


Queer Digital History Project (2017-Ongoing)
Ongoing project tracking early LGBTQ digital communication and activity online, including collections of early communities, networks, and primary documents. Responsible for website development, content collection, and metadata protocols.

Transgender Usenet Archive Project, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) (2016-2017)
Using Bookworm API, planned, designed, and built archive of approximately 400,000 messages from five major transgender-themed Usenet newsgroups. Responsible for developing data and archive protocols, defining metadata standards, writing scripts indexing the original collections, and developing promotional materials.

VisualEditor Course Testing Initiative, Wikipedia Education Foundation (Spring 2015)
Participated in pilot project testing VisualEditor tool in college courses teaching with Wikipedia. Planned, developed, and administered student survey collecting feedback on the process, which was later used by VisualEditor design team.


  • Learning and Community Engagement (LaCE) Curriculum Grant ($300), Winona State University (2018)
  • Emerging Open Scholarship Award, Honorable Mention, Canadian Social Knowledge Institute (2018)
  • William P. Heidrich Research Fellowship, University of Michigan (2018)
  • Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) Winnemore Digital Humanities Dissertation Fellow, University of Maryland, College Park (2016-2017)
  • Flagship Fellow, University of Maryland, College Park (2012-2016)
  • CHASA Graduate Student Essay award (with co-author E. Cassandra Griff) (2013)
    • Title: “‘Once I’m done…’ ‘Done with what?’: Language, Temporality, and Narratives of Self.”
  • HASTAC Scholar, University of Kansas (2012)
  • Boomer Futures Fellow, University of Kansas (2011-2012)


“Dialing into the Revolution: Platforms, Digital Communication, and Creating the Modern Transgender Movement.” Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester, NY. March 4, 2019.

The New Internet Commons: Queercore, Cyberpunk and Networked Communities.” NAVEL. Los Angeles, CA. December 7, 2018.

Spotlighting Hidden Histories: Archiving Transgender Usenet, 1994-2013,” Digital Dialogues series, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). March 28, 2017.


Interviewed for “An Oral History of the Early Trans Internet.” Gizmodo (July 9, 2019)


Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
Communication and Speech (Fall 2019, 2 sections)

Winona State University, Winona, MN
Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Spring 2019, Fall 2018)
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies (Spring 2019)
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Field Experience (Fall 2018)
Photography Appreciation (Spring 2018)
Print and Web Production (Spring 2018, Fall 2017)
Video and Audio Production (Spring 2018, Fall 2017)
Mass Communication Computer Applications (Spring 2018, Fall 2017)
Photo: The Technical Art (Fall 2017)

University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies (Summer 2016 [Online-Only], Spring 2016)
Women, Art and Culture (Fall 2013 [TA], Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015)
Seminar in Digital Cultures and Creativity; Media, Culture, and Identity (Fall 2015
[Guest Teacher, 2 sessions])
Women’s Bodies in Contention (Spring 2014 [TA])


Academic Conferences 101, Ethnic Studies Seminar 2: Social Justice Research, Winona State University (2019)

Archival Research Workshop, Ethnic Studies: History, Theory, and Methods, Winona State University (2018)

Introduction to Game Design, Design Cultures & Creativity, University of Maryland, College Park (2015)


LGBTQ Studies, Media Studies, Digital Humanities, Science and Technology Studies, Gender and Visual Culture, Technologies of Gender, Transgender Studies


“Out of the Cybercloset, Into the Cyberstreets: Creating Transgender Space on Pre-Web Platforms.” Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, April 2019

“Dialing Into the Revolution: Utopian Rhetoric and Exclusionary Reality in Early Transgender Online Forums,” National Women Studies Association 2018 Conference, November 2018

“‘We’re Here, We’re Queer, and We Have E-Mail:’ Reconstructing Early LGBTQ History Online,” Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Annual 2018 Conference, October 2018

“The Two Revolutions: Understanding the Role of Computer Bulletin Board Systems in Early Transgender Organizing,” Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, March 2018

“Politics and ‘Petty Useless Bickering:’ Transgender Usenet and the Emergence of “Cisgender,” Society for Textual Scholarship 2017 International Interdisciplinary Conference, June 2017

“‘Join the Cybergender Movement!’: The Internet in Transgender Social Movement Discourse, 1990-­1999,” Critiquing Culture: The Cultural Studies Graduate Conference, October 2016

“A Space for Us: Transgender Community, Platform Affordances, and User Governance,” Trans*studies: an International Transdisciplinary Conference on Gender, Embodiment, and Sexuality, September 2016.

“‘Herding the ‘Performing Elephants with Diarrhea’: Community, Platform Affordances, and User Governance on Usenet and Tumblr,” Cultural Studies Association, June 2016

“TW: Trigger Warnings, Trans Counterpublics, and the Production of Social Norms Online,” National Women Studies Association 2015 Conference, November 2015

“Does It Get Better?: Narratives of Transgender Misery Online,” American Studies Association 2015 Conference, October 2015

“‘Please reblog’: Trans Users’ Intimacy-Building Practices on Tumblr,” Queer Intimacies, Seventh Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium, April 2014

“Anatomy of the Tag: Understanding the Role of the tag on in organizing trans communities on Tumblr,” National Women Studies Association 2013 Conference, November 2013

“‘Once I’m done…’ ‘Done with what?’: Language, Temporality, and Narratives of Self,” Chesapeake American Studies Association 2013 Conference, March 2013

“For Your Viewing Pleasure: The Role of the Audience in the Transition Vlog,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2012 Conference, March 2012

“Purchasing the Man With a Pussy: Erotic meaning and capitalist motive in Buck Angel’s public persona,” Association for Gender Research, Education, Academia & Action (AGREAA) Trans*Studies Conference 2012, March 2012

“Jacking My Dick: Understanding the Emotional Labor of FTM Masturbation Videos in XTube’s Economy of Affect,” 19th Annual Lavender Languages & Linguistics Conference, American University, February 2012



Field of Study

  • Reviewer, Journal of Language and Discrimination (2019)
  • Advisory Board Member, Scrolling Beyond Binaries Project (2018-2019)
  • Reviewer, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies (2019)
  • Reviewer, Social Media + Society (2019)
  • Reviewer, Culture, Health and Sexuality (2018)
  • Reviewer, Transformative Works and Cultures (2016)
  • Reviewer, Critical Studies in Media Communication (2015)
  • Abstract Reviewer, Association of Internet Researchers, IR 16 (2015)
  • Reviewer, Journal of Language and Sexuality (2013)

University and Departmental

  • Panelist, Healthy Masculinity Panel, RE Initiative, Winona State University (2019)
  • Member, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Advisory Committee, Winona State University (2018-2019)
  • Expert Reviewer, Transgender Inclusion Policy (Department of Athletics), Winona State University (2018)
  • Judge, Winona State University 48-Hour Video Dash, Winona State University (2017)
  • Committee Member, Women’s Studies Chair Search Committee, University of Maryland, College Park (2015-2016)
  • Poster Design and Planning, #TransformDH Conference and THATCamp, University of Maryland, College Park (2015)
  • Selection Committee, Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award and DGS/CGS Awards (2014)
  • M.A. Cohort Representative to Department Executive Committee (2011-2012)
  • KU ASAGS Representative to Mid-America American Studies Association (2010-2012)

Consulting and Community Involvement

  • Instructor (Introduction to WGSS), H.O.P.E. Academy, Winona State University (2018)
  • Research Consultant, TransGeek Movie (2016)
  • Transgender Services Consultant, Montgomery County (MD) Homeless Services (2014)
  • Manuscript consultant, Transgender Representation and Technology. Karen Healey, When We Wake (New York: Little Brown, 2013). (2011)


  • Assistant Editor, AMSJ: American Studies Journal (2010-2012)
  • Editor, footnotes and reference checking. Hilary Iris Lowe, Literary Destinations: Mark Twain’s Houses and Literary Tourism (Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2012). (2011)


Areas of Expertise:

Digital Humanities Project Management, Video and Sound Editing, Graphic Design, Instructional Materials Design

Programming Languages and Software:
Python, HTML/CSS, Adobe Creative Suite, Tableau, Audacity


  • Logo and Promotional Materials Design, American Democracy Project (ADP), Winona State University (2018)
  • Logo and Promotional Materials Design, Ethnic Studies Program, Winona State University (2017-2018)
  • Poster Design, “Semana De La Latina,” U.S. Latina/o Studies program, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland (Spring 2016)
  • Poster and Promotional Materials Design, #TransformDH conference, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland (Fall 2015)
  • Poster and Promotional Materials Design, “Semana De La Latina,” U.S. Latina/o Studies program, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland (Spring 2014)
  • Instructional Video Design and Development, University of Kansas Library Instructional Services, Lawrence, KS (2011-2012)
  • Video Editing, Anniston Star, Anniston, AL (2007)


National Women’s Studies Association, Fembot Collective, Association of Internet Researchers, Phi Beta Kappa

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