Professor Soraya Murray is an interdisciplinary scholar who focuses on contemporary visual culture, with particular interest in art, film and video games. Murray holds a Ph.D. in art history and visual studies from Cornell University, and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine.
An Associate Professor in the Film + Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she is also affiliated with the Art + Design: Games + Playable Media Program and the History of Art and Visual Culture Department.
Professor Soraya Murray is an interdisciplinary scholar who focuses on technology, science and visual culture, with particular interest in contemporary art, film and video games. Murray holds a Ph.D. in art history and visual studies from Cornell University. An Associate Professor in the Film & Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Murray studies technological representations (such as the playable simulations of video games), as well as the representations of advanced technology, science and innovation in film and visual culture. Murray’s writings are published in Art Journal, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, CTheory, Public Art Review, Third Text, ROMchip, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, and Critical Inquiry. Her writings are anthologized nationally and internationally. Most recently, she has contributed to the anthology The Cambridge Companion to Nineteen Eighty-Four, ed. Nathan Waddell (Cambridge U. Press, 2020), How to Play Video Games, eds. Nina Huntemann and Matthew Payne (NYU Press, 2019); and Through the Black Mirror: Deconstructing the Side Effects of the Digital Age, eds. Terence McSweeney and Stuart Joy (Palgrave, 2019). Her two anthologized essays on the military game genre, gender and race may be found in Gaming Representation: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Video Games, eds. Jennifer Malkowski and TreaAndrea M. Russworm (Indiana University Press, 2017) and in Zones of Control: Perspectives on Wargaming, eds. Pat Harrigan and Matthew G. Kirschenbaum (The MIT Press, 2016).
Murray’s first book, On Video Games: The Visual Politics of Race, Gender and Space (I.B. Tauris, 2018), focuses on post-9/11 era mainstream games and considers how they both mirror and are constitutive of larger societal fears, dreams, hopes and even complex struggles for recognition. In February 2021, On Video Games will go to paperback.
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Soraya Murray (Ph.D., Cornell University) is an associate professor in the Film and Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her writings on art, film, and video games are anthologized and may be found in Art Journal, Third Text, Film Quarterly, and Critical Inquiry. Murray’s book, On Video Games: The Visual Politics of Race, Gender and Space (London: I. B. Tauris, 2018), considers video games from a visual studies perspective.