Shira Chess is an Assistant Professor of Mass Media Arts at the University of Georgia. She received her PhD in Communication and Rhetoric from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her research has been published in Critical Studies in Media Communication; Feminist Media Studies; and Information, Communication & Society as well as several essay collections. Portions of the work that she has done for the 3G Summit are in the book collections Girls, Cultural Productions, and Resistance (Peter Lang, 2012).
More information on her work can be found at www.shirachess.com.
In her work with the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, Shira Chess has done ethnographic research at the 3G Summit. Using a combination of surveys, participant observation, and interviews, Dr. Chess worked with 3G’s fifty teen-girl participants, as well as the participating game designers and program organizers. The goal of this research is to understand some of the core issues with girls and gaming: what makes girls play, how and when this play becomes gendered, and how this play might impact their lives in a larger sense (career choices, leisure habits, and cultural choices). The project culminated in a detailed report, which was released by the Institute in the summer of 2011.