Erin Gray

Dean's Fellow/Assistant Professor

Erin Gray


Erin Gray is a Dean’s Fellow and Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication. She holds a Ph.D. in History of Consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz, an MA in Social and Political Thought from York University, Toronto, and a BA in English from York University, Toronto.

Gray is an interdisciplinary theorist focusing on the intersections of politics, aesthetics, and critical theory. Her current book project engages the circulation of lynching across such media forms as the postcard, pamphlet, photography exhibition, magazine spread, newsreel, sound installation, and live and recorded reenactment to theorize an altered history of white supremacist violence in the U.S. Focusing on the co-emergence of legal lynching and racial liberalism, the manuscript theorizes the image of lynching as a dialectical object that illuminates the constitutive relationship of extra-legal terror to racial capitalism and U.S empire. Gray’s writing has been published in Truthout, Mute, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, Open Letter: A Canadian Journal of Writing and Theory, The International Feminist Journal of Politics, and Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action. Her co-edited anthology, The Black Radical Tradition in the United States, is forthcoming from Verso.

Prior to her appointment at New York University, Gray was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She has twice been awarded fellowships from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. At the University of California, Santa Cruz, Gray was the recipient of the Chancellors award, the President’s Dissertation Fellowship, and an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. Next year, she will join the faculty of the Department of English at the University of California, Davis as Assistant Professor of Black Literary and Cultural Studies.