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Current Position (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), Kristy Maddux, Alexis Lothian, 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


Journal Articles

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.

Book Chapters

Dame-Griff, Avery. “Algorithms are a Feminist Issue.” In Advanced Undergraduate Theory Reader in Women’s, Gender, Feminist, and Sexuality Studies, edited by L. Ayu Saraswati and Barbara Shaw. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.

Book Reviews

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.


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)


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


Winona State University, Winona, MN
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])


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


“‘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


Associate Certification, University Teaching and Learning Program at the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC), University of Maryland, College Park

Certificate of Completion, Inclusion & Diversity Workshop Series, Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC), University of Maryland, College Park


Field of Study

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

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

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:
Graphic Design, Video Editing, Sound Editing, Instructional Materials Design

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


Logo and Promotional Materials Re-design, Ethnic Studies Program, Winona State University, Fall 2017

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

Video Editing, Anniston Star, Anniston, AL


American Studies Association, Cultural Studies Association, National Women’s Studies Association, Fembot Collective, Transgender Studies Association, Phi Beta Kappa

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