Harris Kornstein

Core Faculty

Harvill 337B
Assistant Professor
Core Faculty
Assistant Professor, Institute for LGBTQ+ Studies

Harris Kornstein is a scholar and artist whose research and art practice focuses on digital culture, surveillance, data and algorithms, media art/activism, visual culture, and queer theory. Their current book project documents queer and trans cultural strategies that mobilize techniques of play, misuse, and obfuscation to counter surveillance capitalism—a process he theorizes as "queer enchantment." His research has been published in Surveillance & SocietyCurriculum InquiryStudies in Gender & Sexuality, and the International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication, and his writing on digital culture has appeared in The GuardianWired, and Salon, among others. He has served as a managing editor for Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, a web designer for the NYU Center for Disability Studies project Disability & Covid Chronicles, and on the board of Drag Queen Story Hour. As a media artist, curator, and drag queen, they have presented work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Institute for Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, International Symposium on Electronic Art, ONE Archives, Apex Art, and numerous other universities, galleries, and festivals. Harris holds a PhD in Media, Culture & Communication from NYU, an MFA in Digital Arts & New Media from UC Santa Cruz, and a BA from Swarthmore College. Harris uses any pronoun.