October 10–11, 2016  •  San Francisco, CA
Mary Gray

Mary Gray
Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research

Website | @maryLgray


Mary L. Gray is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research and a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Mary also maintains an appointment as associate professor in the Media School at Indiana University, with affiliations in American studies, anthropology, and gender studies. Her research looks at how media access and everyday uses of technologies transform people’s lives. Her most recent book, Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America (New York University Press, 2009), looks at how young people in the rural United States use media to negotiate their sexual and gender identities, local belonging, and visibility in national LGBT politics more broadly. Mary’s current book project, coauthored with computer scientist Siddharth Suri, uses case studies of present day on-demand “gig” work, comparing workers’ experiences in the United States and India, to think through the social impact of automation and digital labor on the future of employment.