Mary L. Gray

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Mary L. Gray
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CitizenshipUnited States
EducationPh.D. in Communication
C. Phil. in Communication
M.A. in Anthropology
BA in Anthropology and Native American Studies
Alma materUniversity of California at San Diego
San Francisco State University
University of California at Davis

Mary L. Gray is an American anthropologist and author. She is a Fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, as well as a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research. Along with her research, Gray teaches at Indiana University, maintaining an appointment as an Associate Professor of the Media School, with affiliations in American Studies, Anthropology, and Gender Studies.[1]


Gray's research looks at how technology is incorporated in our everyday lives. She also looks at how technology is accessed across the globe. Her first book, In Your Face: Stories from the Lives of Queer Youth, is includes stories and experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual teens and the different hardships and successes they experienced growing up. The book also takes a look at the views of these teens stemming from their varying experiences. Her second book, Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America, explores the difficulties that the rural LGBTQ community faces living in areas where there aren't similar people to relate to. Gray looks at how these individuals take advantage of technology to broaden their knowledge and involvement in the LGBTQ community. Gray's most recent book, Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass, takes a deep dive into the depths of the "ghosts" or, human labor force, that allow some of the internet's largest websites to run smoothly.[2] The book takes a look at big companies, like Google and Amazon, that use these "ghost workers" to do things like censor their sites while trying to pass it off like it's AI.

Selected works

  • Gray, Mary L. (1999). In Your Face: Stories from the Lives of Queer Youth. Haworth Press. ISBN 978-1-56023-887-4.[3]
  • Gray, Mary L. (2009). Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America. NYU Press. ISBN 978-0-8147-3220-5.[4]
  • Gray, Mary L.; Johnson, Colin R.; Gilley, Brian J., eds. (2016). Queering the Countryside: New Frontiers in Rural Queer Studies. NYU Press. ISBN 978-1-4798-3077-0.[5]
  • Gray, Mary L.; Suri, Siddharth (2019). Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-1-328-56628-7.[6]

External links


  1. "Mary L. Gray at Microsoft Research". Microsoft Research. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  2. "Ghost Work". Ghost Work. 2018-12-04. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  3. Reviews of In Your Face:
    • Leslie, Rodger (June 1999). "Review". The Booklist. Booklist Publications. 95 (19): 1805. ISSN 0006-7385.
    • "Review". Reference and Research Book News. Ringgold Inc. 15 (4). November 2000. ISSN 0887-3763.
    • Anonymous (April 2001). "Review". SIECUS Report. Sex Information and Education Council of the U.S. 29 (4): 12–14. ISSN 0091-3995.
  4. Reviews of Out in the Country:
  5. Reviews of Queering the Countryside:
  6. Reviews of Ghost Work:

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