USC Cinematic Arts Interactive Media and Games Division




Bonnie Ruberg received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in affiliation with the departments of New Media, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Comparative Literature. Ruberg’s research explores the intersection of gender, sexuality, and digital cultures, with an emphasis on queerness and video games. She is the co-founder of the annual Queerness and Games Conference and the co-editor of the edited volume Queer Game Studies: Gender, Sexuality, and a Queer Approach to Game Studies (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). Her writing has appeared in Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, Rhizomes, QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, Qui Parle, The VIllage Voice, The Economist, and Wired. At USC, Ruberg plans to revise her dissertation “Pixel Whipped: Pain, Pleasure, and Media” for publication and continue her research into queerness and video games. “Pixel Whipped” uses the concept of virtual pain to reimagine the role of embodiment in supposedly disembodied media forms. Ruberg is also the translator of an upcoming volume of short stories by French writer Gisèle Prassinos titled The Arthritic Grasshopper.