BiographyAshley ML Brown is a researcher of sex and games and an assistant professor in digital game design at EAE at the University of Utah. She completed her PhD at the University of Manchester in sociology in autumn 2013 before going on to teach at Brunel University London. She is the author of the book Sexuality in Role-Playing Games and editor of The Dark Side of Game Play, both of which are now available for purchase.
In the past, Ashley volunteered as secretary for the Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) 2014-2016 and was a founding member of the UK chapter of DiGRA.
Her past research has included work on transgendered performance in massive multiplayer online role playing games, diasporic communities’ use of social media, perceptions and performances of body modifications, neighbourliness and homeowners’ associations, and literacy practices in early childhood education. Although she comes from a diverse social science background, her most recent research interests have focused on game-mediated interactions. Her current research interests include: sexual behaviours, games and play, games user research, and qualitative methods.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Games, videogames, sexual behaviour, sociology, qualitative methods.
When she isn’t working or volunteering, Ashley enjoys drawing, guacamole, and most of all games.