Whitney Pow is a first-year Ph.D. candidate in Northwestern University’s Screen Cultures program. She studies the ways that power, race, queerness and identity can manifest in unintended uses of technology and video games. She is particularly interested in the ways that technology can mediate minor, affective, and queer publics and how video games, especially those made by sexual, racial and gender minorities, can recreate systems of oppression and privilege.
Whitney is also a freelance graphic designer, writer and editor and has worked for places including Publishers Weekly, The Feminist Press and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She has worked as a contributing editor and writer for Autostraddle, an online magazine for queer women, which was the winner of the 2012 Bloggie Award for Blog of the Year and 2013 GLAAD award nominee for Outstanding Blog. She is the in-house graphic designer for Literary Death Match, an international reading series with participants including Pulitzer Prize winners Jeffrey Eugenides and Richard Russo. Whitney is also a panelist, staff member and workshop leader for Autostraddle's queer women’s conference, A-Camp.