Raiford Guins


Game After


Edited Clean Image


The Object Reader



I am an Associate Professor of Culture and Technology within the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory at Stony Brook University and member of the Consortium of Digital Art, Culture, and Technology (cDACT). I am also a Founding Principal Editor with the Journal of Visual Culture and Curator of the William A. Higinbotham Game Studies Collection with Kristen J. Nyitray, Head of Special Collections and University Archives.

I am the author of Game After: A Cultural Study of Video Game Afterlife (MIT Press, 2014), Edited Clean Version: Technology and the Culture of Control (University of Minnesota Press, 2009),and co-editor of The Object Reader (with Fiona Candlin, Routledge, 2009) and Popular Culture: A Reader (with Omayra Zaragoza Cruz, Sage, 2005). My writing on video games appear in the following journals: the Journal of Visual Culture, Game Studies, Design Issues, Design and Culture, and Cabinet.

Currently I am co-edited Debugging Game History: A Critical Lexicon (MIT Press, Forthcoming 2015) with Henry Lowood and will begin a short book on the pre-history of William Higinbotham’s 1958 analog computer game entitled, Tennis For Two, or the Love of Analog Technology, in Fall 2014. My general research interests are: video game history and preservation, design studies and history, history and philosophy of technology, cultural studies of technology, and material culture.

In my leisure time I collect vinyl records, hang out with my son, and support Leeds United— "Until The World Stops Going Round".

For more info on my activities please visit: raifordguins.com


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 2000 Ph.D. Cultural Studies, University of Leeds.

 Appointed to Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory, Stony Brook University, in 2008.



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CAT Colloquium Series

Graduate Student Colloquium

 26 March 2014 

Co-Sponsored Events

Marvels & Monsters: A Symposium on Asian Images in Comics and Graphic Narratives

23 April 2014

 Q/F/T Inaugural Lecture, Heather Love " Queer Method and the Postwar History of Sexuality Studies"

23 April 2014 


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Brooke Belisle, a 2013 New Faculty Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies will join the department next year. "Click here for more information"

New MA/PhD in Women's and Gender Studies

The Department is pleased to announce that the new MA/PhD program in Women's and Gender Studies has received official certification.  "Click here for more information"


Raiford Guins new book "Game After" will be published in February 2014 with MIT Press.

Victoria Hesford's new book "Feeling Women's Liberation" was published with Duke University Press in June.


Kudos Newsletter 

February 2014

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