• Online Harassment
  • Ethics of Information and Technology
  • Social Media/Networking and Video Games


  • INFO 351 - Information Ethics And Policy


I'm a PhD Student at the Information School focused on studying the dynamics of online harassment, and how we might develop ethical approaches to the problem. My current research interests also include speculative fiction and video gaming; I examine them from the perspective of an art critic while studying the fan communities that form around them, and how it can all intersect with online toxicity. I'm especially interested in developing structural frameworks for understanding harassment, and ethical approaches that are equal to contemporary technology.


  • BA, Sociology and Women's Studies, City University of New York - Hunter College, 2013

Publications and Contributions

  • Magazine/Trade Publication
    It's Not Your Fault You're a Jerk on Twitter (2022)
    Wired Author: Katherine Cross
  • Magazine/Trade Publication
  • Conference Paper
    Shame on Who? Experimentally Reducing Shame During Political Arguments on Twitter (2022)
    Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, CSCW Authors: A. Baughan, Katherine Cross, E. Khasanova, Alexis Hiniker
  • Conference Abstract
    Sorry, but...: Platform apologies, abuse, and constructing the culpable subject (2021)
    Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR). Authors: Katherine Cross, Anna Lauren Hoffmann
  • Conference Workshop Paper
    VR Spaces For Safe Places (2020)
    CHI 2020 Workshop on Technology Ecosystems: Rethinking Resources for Mental Health Authors: Calvin Apodaca, Julia Dunbar, Katherine Cross, Jason Yip, Ari Pollack, Wanda Pratt
  • Conference Paper
    Toward a Formal Sociology of Online Harassment (2019)
    Author: Katherine Cross
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Toward a Formal Sociology of Online Harassment (2019)
    Human Technology, 15(3), pp. 326-346 Author: Katherine Cross
  • Journal Article, Professional Journal
    To Name a Star: Ursula Le Guin's The Dispossessed and the Reimagining of Utopianism (2018)
    The American Journal of Economics and Sociology Author: Katherine Cross
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    The Nightmare is Over: On Moral Panics Against Queerness in Games (2017)
    Queer Games Studies Author: Katherine Cross
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    Press F to Revolt: On the Gamification of Online Harassment (2016)
    Diversifying Barbie and Mortal Kombat: Intersectional Perspectives and Inclusive Designs in Gaming, pp. 23-34 Author: Katherine Cross
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    Fictive Ethnicity and Nerds (2015)
    Lean Out: The Struggle for Gender Equality in Tech and Start-Up Culture Author: Katherine Cross
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Ethics for Cyborgs: On Real Harassment in an 'Unreal' Place (2014)
    Loading… The Journal of the Canadian Game Studies Association, 8(13), pp. 4-21 Author: Katherine Cross
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    The New Laboratory of Dreams: Role-playing Games as Resistance (2013)
    WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly, 40(3-4), pp. 70-88, ISBN/ISSN: 1934-1520 Author: Katherine Cross
  • Report
    Teaching Data Ethics: Foundations and Possibilities from Engineering and Computer Science Ethics Education
    University of Washington ResearchWorks Archive Authors: Anna Lauren Hoffmann, Katherine Cross


  • The Queer Avatar of Failure: On Embodied Loss and Rage in Gaming Cultures (2018)
    Queer Games Con - Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada