About Me

Headshot of Cait McKinney

I am an assistant professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University.

cait_mckinney@sfu.ca | Twitter | My Faculty Page @SFU

I am non binary and use They/Them or She/Her pronouns.

My research is interested in how queer and feminist social movements use digital technologies to build alternative information infrastructures. I focus on how these movements struggle to provide vital access to information using new digital tools, within conditions where that access is often precarious. My research illustrates how information activism by queer and feminist social justice initiatives offers novel approaches to issues of accessibility, data-management, and participation in networked media environments. Methodologically, I draw primarily on archival research and interviews to do my work.

My current projects are focused on:

  • queer activist responses to early online content regulations censoring sexual expression
  • the relationship between HIV and computing in the 1980s and 90s
  • the ways sexuality has been used to explain data and databases since the 1960s