Devin Proctor

Dept. of Anthropology, The George Washington University, 2110 G St. Washington DC, 20052  |





The George Washington University

2019   PhD in Anthropology

           Dissertation: On Being Non-Human: Otherkin Identification and Virtual Space

           Committee: Sarah Wagner, Alexander Dent (co-chairs)

           Roy Richard Grinker, Catherine Allen, Christopher Kelty

2015   MA in Anthropology

2013   MA in American Studies  

           Areas of concentration: videogame studies, new media, space and place


City University of New York: City College

2006   MS in Education 

           Thesis: Red Fish, Blue Fish: Testing Teachers’ Gang Literacy


New York University

2002   BFA double major in Theatre & Sociology 

           Areas of concentration: youth subcultures, terrorism, musical theatre





Cultural Anthropology, Digital Anthropology, Media Anthropology, science and technology studies, Internet collectives and fandoms, ontology, phenomenology, animism, identity, videogame studies, ethnographic methods, epistemological frameworks.                                                                     





Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles


2020. [forthcoming]. “The Social Production of Internet Space: Affordance, Programming, and Virtuality” in Communication Theory


2019. “Wandering in the City: Time, Memory, and Experience in Digital Game Space” M/C Journal 22(4). 


2018. “Policing the Fluff: The Social Construction of Scientistic Selves in Otherkin Facebook Groups,” Engaging

Science, Technology, and Society, 4 (2018), pp. 485-514. 


2012. “Bytes of Passage: Video Game Inhabitation as Ritual,” Acta Iassyensia Comparationis Vol. 10, pp. 176-185.


Book Chapter


2018. “Cybernetic Animism: Non-Human Personhood and the Internet,” in Digital Existence: Ontology, Ethics and Transcendence in Digital Culture, ed. Amanda Lagerkvist. London: Routledge, pp. 227-241.


Book Reviews


2017. Haraway, Donna. 2016, Staying With the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, Durham: Duke University Press. Anthropological Quarterly, 90(3), pp. 877-882.


2015. Kirkpatrick, Graeme. 2013. Computer Games and the Social Imaginary. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press. Anthropological Quarterly, 87(4), pp. 199-204.


Media and Public Scholarship


[forthcoming] Interview with Samantha Cole for Motherboard, the tech outlet of VICE Media.


2019. “Devin Proctor’s page 99 test.” On CaMP Anthropology, edited by Ilana Gershon. July 29: 


2015-present. Writing and maintaining “Anthropolojamz” research and theory blog: 


Other Published Works


[forthcoming]. Intertextuality" and “Integrated Circuit,” in The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society, eds. Debra Merskin and J. Geoffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.


2013. “The Anthropological Study of Game and Ritual,” in Outlining Magic Circles: Jessie Bancroft’s Games for the Playground, Home, School, and Gymnasium, Washington DC: Westphalia Press, pp. I-X


Works in Progress


Book—On Being Non-Human, manuscript being prepared based on dissertation.


Article—”Cringe Privilege: Bricolage Videos and Goffmanian Figures on YouTube” for submission to New Media + Society


Article—”The Spectrum of Virtuality: Entextualizing Selves in the Internet” for submission to Linguistic Anthropology 


Videogame—ANTHROPOLOGY!!, a roleplaying game with an early 2000s aesthetic that introduces players to the major theorists, theories, and methods of sociocultural anthropology




Lecturer, GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences


Ethnography of Virtual Space (Spring 2019)


Instructor of Record, GW Anthropology


Youth and Technology (Fall 2018)


Contemporary Anthropological Theory, With a conceptual focus on Digital Anthropology (Spring 2018)


Anthropology Research Practicum, Associated with NSF Project, “Cellular Connections” (Spring 2017, Fall 2017)


Graduate Teaching Assistant, GW Anthropology


Foundations of Anthropological Thought, Dr. Stephen Lubkemann (Fall 2015)       


Media, Technology, & Performance, Dr. Alexander Dent (Fall 2014)


Language in Culture & Society, Dr. Alexander Dent (Spring 2014)


Sociolcultural Anthropology, Dr. Sarah Wagner (Spring 2015 and Fall 2013)                                                                                             

 Adjunct Assistant Professor, GW University Writing Program


Writing About Video Games: Fictions and Critiques of Virtual Worlds (Spring 2013)


The Road Trip in American Film and Literature (Fall 2012)                                 





2013-2018    University Fellowship, George Washington University                 

2013-2016    Departmental Travel Grant, Anthropology Dept, GWU             

2015              Policy Studies Organization Education Fellowship           

2014              Jane B. Hart Endowment for Anthropology 

2014              Lewis N. Cotlow Research Fund

2012              Michael Scheonecke Travel Grant, American Culture Association

2012              Conference Travel Grant for Graduate Students, GWU 

2005, 2008   AmeriCorps Education Grant

1998-2002    Tisch Trustee Scholarship, NYU 







2018. Roundtable: “Breakdown, repair, resilience and adaptation at the Dawn of the Anthropocene,” with Alexander Dent, Joel Kuipers, Katelyn Schoenike, Gretchen Bakke, Kim Fortun, 117th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA, November 14-18


2017. “Non-human Personhood in the Internet,” Entanglements Symposium, George Washington University, Washington, DC, March 3


2016. “Of Bots and Dragons: Animist Internet Practice,” 115th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, November 16-20


2016. “Cybernetic Animism,” STGlobal Consortium, Washington, DC, April 8-9


2016. “Non-Human Logics: The Creation of Otherkin Scientific Knowledge,” American Ethnological Society Spring Conference, Washington, DC, March 31-April 2


2015. “Networking Boundaries: Facebook Practice and Otherkin Identity,” 114th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November 17-22


2015. “Multiple Systems: Dissociative Disorders, Healthy Multiplicity, and Otherkin Ontology,” Disclosures: Meaning and Materiality Across Spaces, George Washington University, Washington DC, March 20


2014. “On Being Non-Human: Technologically Mediated Identity Among the Otherkin,” 113th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, December 2-7


2014. “Policing the Fluff: Online Authenticity Among the Otherkin,” Lewis N. Cotlow Anthropology Student Research Conference, George Washington University, Washington, DC, October 17


2014. “War Games, Game Wars: Dismembering / Remembering Conflict through Historical First Person Shooters," Policies and Procedures: A Symposium of Policy as Located Practice, George Washington University, Washington, DC, March 21


2013. “Burning the Apple Tree: American Revolutionary Mythology Rewritten in The Tyranny of King Washington," Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, November 1-3


2013. “Encoding, Decoding, & Recoding: Cultural Production and the Video Game Modding Economy,” Graduate Conference, At the Mercy of the Masses?—Popular Culture and Academia, University of Maryland, College Park, April 12-13


2013. “Pimp my Nord: Game Modding as Negotiated Resistance in Skyrim,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, Washington DC, March 27-30


2012. “The Practice of Everyday Gaming: Strategies, Tactics, and Exploits,” 27th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities: Systems of Control/ Modes of Resistance, University of West Georgia, November 1-3.


2012. “Subversion in the Digital City: A Game of Control,” Critiquing Culture: The Cultural Studies Graduate Conference, George Mason University, September 21-22.


2012. “Not Elf, Not Not Elf: Ritual and Mimesis in the Video Game Space of Oblivion,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, Boston, April 11-14.


Other Conference Activities


2018. Chair, “Political (Re)actions” panel, Ruptures Reactions Reconfigurations Symposium, George Washington University, Washington, DC, March 30.


2017. Director, Webpage and Social Media Committee, STGlobal Consortium Conference, Washington, DC March 24-25.


2016. Chair, “Non-Human Agents” panel, American Ethnological Society Spring Conference, Washington, DC, March 31-April 2


2012. Moderator, “Power and Resistance in Urban Space” panel, 27th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities: Systems of Control/ Modes of Resistance, University of West Georgia, November 1-3.


2011. Panelist, “Diversity Among Tutoring Staff,” National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Florida International University, November 5.


2011. Panelist, “Beyond the Training Course: Ongoing Professional Development for Tutors,” National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Florida International University, November 6.





Service To The Profession


2017   Website designer/manager

            Etlatongo Archeological Site in Oaxaca


2016   Peer Reviewer

            Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences   


2015   Website manager

            Slave Wrecks Project, a Maritime Archeology project with the Smithsonian and US National Park Service


2014   Peer Reviewer

            Anthropology Today


2012   Quantitative & Qualitative coder

            Elon Multi-Institutional Writing Project: Rhetorical Pedagogy Study  


Service To The University


2015-2016    Guest lecturer on digital methods for upper level

                        “Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology” class                           


2011-2013    Graduate Writing Tutor,

                        The George Washington University Writing Center         


2012            “Disciplinary Conventions in Writing,” workshop designed and

                       conducted at The George Washington University Writing Center     


Service To The Community


2005-2011    Trek Advisor and Faculty Advisor: NYC, Mali, and Nicaragua

                        buildOn (formerly Building with Books)





American Anthropological Association

American Ethnological Society

Society for Cultural Anthropology

Association of Internet Researchers

Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

American Federation of Teachers

United Federation of Teachers





2004-2011    High School Teacher, New York City Dept. of Education

                        Foreign Language Academy of Global Studies, Bronx, NY        

                        Courses Taught:

 2004-2011    “Youth and Conflict in Literature”    

 2006-2011   “History of Popular American Music”              

 2006-2011   “Shakespeare and the Critical Lens”

 2006-2011   “Health and Sexuality”

 2004-2006   “Foundations of Democracy and American Culture”     

 2004-2006   “Math”





2012-2014    Director of Media and Publications              

                        Policy Studies Organization                                                                              




New York State Professional Teaching License





Upon request