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Kayla Kenner

Kayla Keener is the Graduate Professional Assistant for LGBTQ+ Resources. Kayla’s responsibilities include facilitating Safe Zone workshops, supervising student workers, and liaising with other departments to develop programming. Kayla is also a PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies department, writing a dissertation titled “The Affect of Labor: The Production of Value and Intimacy in Etsy, Kiva and Twitch,” which examines the role of emotion and relationship building in digital labor and self-representation. She has taught in the Honors College, School of Integrative Studies, Cultural Studies and Communications departments at George Mason.

Kayla earned an MA in Women’s Studies with an emphasis in Globalization, Culture and Development from The George Washington University, and a BA titled Analyzing Cross-Cultural Perceptions of Gender through Religion, Literature and Activism from the University of Redlands. Her past research focused on the medicalization of intersex identity, and the uneven global recognition of genders outside of the binary.

Contact Kayla at: kkeener2@gmu.edu