T.L. Taylor is Professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT. She is a qualitative sociologist (Brandeis University, 2000) who has focused on internet and game studies for over two decades. Her research explores the interrelations between culture and technology in online leisure environments.
Her 2012 book Raising the Stakes: E-Sports and the Professionalization of Computer Gaming (MIT Press) chronicles the rise of e-sports and professional computer gaming. She is also the author of Play Between Worlds: Exploring Online Game Culture (MIT Press, 2006) which used her multi-year ethnography of EverQuest to explore issues related to massively multiplayer online games. Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Method, her co-authored book on doing ethnographic research in online multi-user worlds, was published by Princeton University Press (2012).
Her book about game live-streaming – Watch Me Play: Twitch and the Rise of Game Live Streaming (Princeton University Press) – will be out in October.
She also serves as Director of Research for AnyKey, an organization dedicated to supporting and developing fair and inclusive esports.
For a more personal post, see “In through the back door.”