Gary Kafer is a PhD candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. His dissertation, "After Ubiquity: Atmospheres of Surveillance and the Technics of Social Difference," explores how racial, gendered, and sexual difference operate as fundamental technical relations within contemporary digital surveillance systems. Gary is co-editor of a special issue of Surveillance & Society on “Queer Surveillance.” His work has appeared in Contemporaneity, qui parle, Digital Culture & Society, and Jump Cut, as well as in the edited collection From Self-Portrait to Selfie: Representing the Self in the Moving Image (Peter Lang, 2019). His work is forthcoming in Queer Data (University of Washington Press).
Gary is a recipient of a Humanities Without Walls Fellowship (2016-18), an Arts, Science + Culture Initiative Fellowship (2019-20), and has been working at the Smart Museum of Art as an Academic Engagement Graduate Intern since 2019.
- Surveillance Media (TAVE Fellowship course, cross-listed with Media Arts and Design), Lecturer - Autumn 2021
- Film and the Moving Image, Lecturer - Autumn 2020
- CMS Undergraduate Preceptor - AY 2019-2020
- Advanced Seminar, Preceptor - Autumn 2019
- Sound / Image Mapping, CA - Winter 2019