Avery Dame-Griff is a Lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies at Gonzaga University. He founded and serves as primary curator of the Queer Digital History Project, an independent community history project cataloging and archiving pre-2010 LGBTQ spaces online. His book, The Two Revolutions: A History of the Transgender Internet (forthcoming from NYU Press) tracks how the Internet transformed transgender political organizing from the 1980s to the contemporary moment. In 2022, he was selected to be a Public Humanities Fellow for Humanities Washington, developing a series of interactive online exhibits and workshops about the history of LBGTQ+ communities in online spaces.
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, Dame-Griff 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 gender and transgender studies, digital humanities, web history, new media, sociolinguistics, and discourse analysis. His work has appeared in Internet Histories, Feminist Media Studies, 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.