I'm a researcher and writer interested in Free Software as a set of philosophies and social practices. I'm involved in FLOSS development, advocacy, research and training with Fossbox and Technology and Social Action and also provide professional web production and content management for NGOs and SEs. I hold a PhD in Critical Theory from the University of Sussex.
I'm a lecturer and researcher working at the University of East London where I'm Programme Leader of the Cultural Studies degree. You can find out more about the course here. I teach on a range of modules in Cultural Studies and related fields, including Cultural Politics, Sexual Cultures and Lesbian and Gay Cultures, and I supervise research students at Masters and Doctorate levels.
My areas of research are popular culture, gender politics and lesbian and gay studies. My most recent work has been on the porn industry, and attempts to integrate gender-based analysis with materialist approaches to technology and hypercapital.
I'm a medievalist and literature specialist teaching Women's Studies at Queen's University, Ontario. My primary research interests are in early theatre, lyric poetry, medieval romance (verse and prose), performance studies, feminist and gender theory. I offer a course on women and cross-dressing at Queen's — Clothes Make The (Wo)Man: Transvestism and Gender Performance [download flier in pdf format].
Debra Benita Shaw
Debra Benita Shaw is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, Media & Cultural Studies at the University of East London.