Shaka McGlotten

Dr. Shaka McGlotten (they/them // @shakaz23) is a social anthropologist with a background in the fine arts. They are an Associate Professor of Media Studies and Doris and Carl Kempner Distinguished Professor at SUNY-Purchase. Their work brings together the theoretical insights of queer studies with the methodological toolkit of anthropology to consider new media technologies in relation to queer cultures. They have published and lectured on public sex, online cultures, pornography, gaming, zombies, human waste, voguing, and more. Their first book,Virtual Intimacies: Media, Affect, and Queer Sociality, was published by SUNY Press in 2013. They are the co-editor of two edited collections, Black Genders and Sexualities (with Dana-ain Davis) and Zombie Sexuality (with Steve Jones). Currently they are at work on two book projects: The Political Aesthetics of Drag and Black Data: Queer of Color Critique Meets Network Culture Studies. In 2014 they were the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Award for Experienced Researchers and in 2017-2018 they are a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude. They are also a recipient of a 2018 Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.

Selected Publications:
  1. McGlotten, S. (forthcoming). TumPorn is dead, long live TumPorn. In A. McCracken, A. Cho, L. Stein, & I. Neill Hoch (Eds.), a tumblr book: platform and cultures. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
  2. McGlotten, S. (2016). Black data. In E. P. Johnson (Ed.), No tea, no shade: New writings in black queer studies (pp. 262-286). Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  3. McGlotten, S. (2015). The political aesthetics of drag. Metropolitics: A Critical Online Journal of Urban Issues.
  4. McGlotten, S. (2015). The élan vital of DIY porn. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 11(1), 1-20.
  5. McGlotten, S. (2013). A brief and improper geography of queerspaces and sexpublics in Austin, Texas. Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography.