T. L. Taylor
- For the English cricketer, see Tom Taylor (Yorkshire cricketer)
T.L. Taylor is a sociologist who specialises in researching the culture of gaming and online communities, in particular, e-sports and MMOGs such as EverQuest and World of Warcraft. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Brandeis University. Her dissertation, Living Digitally: Embodiment in Virtual Environments, explored design and embodiment in MUDs and graphical virtual worlds.
Taylor is currently an Associate Professor in Comparative Media Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Visiting Researcher the Social Media group at Microsoft Research New England. Previously, Taylor was an Associate Professor at the Center for Computer Games Research at the IT University of Copenhagen.
Taylor has been noted as providing insight into the dynamics of ethnic stereotyping in virtual worlds and the relationship between the self-expression of players in a virtual world and designers' imperatives, and as challenging the perceived dichtotomy between online and offline experience.
Taylor, T.L. (2012). Raising the Stakes: E-sports and the Professionalization of Computer Gaming. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Taylor, T.L. (2012). Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Method (co-authored with Tom Boellstorff, Bonnie Nardi, and Celia Pearce). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Taylor, T.L. (2006a). Play Between Worlds: Exploring Online Game Culture. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
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