Lisa Nakamura

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Lisa Nakamura is the Director of the Asian American Studies Program, professor in the Institute of Communication Research and Media Studies program and professor of Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. She is the author of Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity and Identity on the Internet (Routledge, 2002) and co-editor of Race in Cyberspace (Routledge, 2000) and Race After the Internet (Routledge, 2011). She has published articles in PMLA, Cinema Journal, Women’s Review of Books, Camera Obscura, and the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies. Her research focuses on race and gender in online social spaces such as massively multiplayer online role playing games, and she is currently investigating the racializaton of labor in transnational contexts and avatarial operations in a “postracial” world.