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, disability, and queer theory. Their current book project, Enchanting Technology: Obfuscation, Play, and Other Queer Strategies for Countering Surveillance Capitalism, documents queer and trans cultural strategies that mobilize techniques of play, misuse, and obfuscation to counter the harms of surveillance capitalism—a process he theorizes as "queer enchantment." They are also currently co-editing an anthology tentatively entitled How To Be Disabled in a Pandemic (with Faye Ginsburg, Mara Mills, and Rayna Rapp) analyzing the experiences of disabled New Yorkers during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Harris's research has been published in Surveillance & Society, Curriculum Inquiry, Studies in Gender & Sexuality, and the International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication; their research has been supported a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship from the Institute for Citizens & Scholars; and their writing on digital and queer cultures has appeared in The Guardian, Wired, NBC News, and Salon, among others. 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.
Assistant Professor (on research leave 2023 - 2024)
Assistant Professor, Institute for LGBTQ+ Studies
Assistant Professor, School of Art