Professor Nakamura is an acclaimed cultural critic of visual representations and mechanics of race, gender, and sexuality in gaming culture, digital media, and transmedia. She is the Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor in the American Cultures Department and Screen Arts Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
The author of four books, numerous academic journal and popular press pieces, her work includes game-related titles such as:
- Pregnant Sims: Avatars and the Visual Culture of Motherhood on the Web
- Flag as Inappropriate: Neglected Discourses of Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia in Online Games
- Queer Female of Color: The Highest Difficulty Setting There Is? Gaming Rhetoric as Gender Capital.
- Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game: The Racialization of Labor in World of Warcraft
- Griefing Culture and Incivility on the Internet
- All the Work without the Worker: Racial Microaggression and the New Orientalism in World of Warcraft
- Digital Gaming, Racial and Ethnic Identity, and Social Justice
Her insightful analyses help make the invisible visible.
We hope you will join us for a lively discussion. Her talk is open to conference attendees and the general public.