Shaka McGlotten is Professor of Media Studies and Anthropology at Purchase College-SUNY, where they also serve as Chair of the Gender Studies and Global Black Studies Programs. Their work stages encounters between Black study, queer theory, media, and art. Their research focuses on networked intimacies and messy computational entanglements as they interface with QTPOC lifeworlds.
They are the author of Virtual Intimacies: Media, Affect, and Queer Sociality, published by SUNY Press in 2013. They are also the co-editor of two edited collections, Black Genders and Sexualities (with Dana-ain Davis) and Zombies and Sexuality (with Steve Jones). Their book Dragging: In the Drag of a Queer Life, forthcoming from Routledge, is a work of creative non-fiction that features ethnographic portraits of drag performers in Berlin and Israel/Palestine as they navigate art, politics, and the global mediatization of drag publics. Their ongoing project, Black Data, works to bridge theoretical developments in critical data studies with those central to queer of color critique: the former emphasizes the role of data in society writ large and small; the latter elevates the perspectives of Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples. They similarly seek to disrupt disciplinary boundaries between the social sciences, humanities, and the arts. Central to the project is a series of collaborations with largely QTPOC artists who examine the social impacts of new technologies in their work. In these ways, Black Data aligns with ongoing efforts to decolonize academic research and knowledge production.
Their work has been supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Akademie Schloss Solitude, and Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation.