Mary Gray

Mary Gray

Senior Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research
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Mary L. Gray is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research and she maintains a faculty position in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering with affiliations in Anthropology, Gender Studies and the Media School, at Indiana University.

Mary’s research looks at how automation, technology access, material conditions, and everyday uses of media and technologies transform people’s lives. Her books include In Your Face: Stories from the Lives of Queer Youth; the co-edited volume, Queering the Countryside: New Directions in Rural Queer Studies, a Choice Academic Title for 2016; and Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America looking at how young people in the rural United States use the Internet to navigate identity, local belonging, and connections to broader queer communities. Out in the Country has won multiple awards from scholarly societies in Anthropology, Media Studies, and Sociology.

Mary is one of the world’s experts in the emerging field of ethics and AI, particularly research at the intersection of computer and social sciences. She sits on the editorial boards of major anthropology, computer science and media studies journals, and her research has been covered by the Harvard Business Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Nature, The Economist, and Forbes. She served on the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association from 2008 until 2010 and chaired the Association’s 113th Annual Meeting. Mary sits on the Executive Advisory Boards of the Heinz Endowment Keystone Research Center on the Future of Work, Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), Stanford University’s “One-Hundred-Year Study on Artificial Intelligence” (AI100), and the Strada Institute for the Future of Work.

Mary is affliated with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.


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