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Gordon Gray
Dr. Gordon Gray
Associate Professor of Media and Culture; Chair of the Asian Studies Department|Asian Studies
Sideview of Dr. Gordon Gray in a hat
Office Location
Draper Building, 314B
Office Hours
  • Mon/Wed: 11 a.m. – 12:30
  • Tue/Thur: noon – 1:30 p.m.
Class Schedules
  • AST 206 (Mon/Wed: 4:00 pm – 5:50 pm)
  • THR 286 GG (Tue/Thur: 10:00 am – 11:50 am)
  • THR 332 (Mon/Wed: 12:40 pm – 2:30 pm)
  • AST 206
  • THR 286 GG
  • THR 332
Additional Departments
  • Theatre

Born and raised in the southwest corner of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, Gordon grew up on a ranch before beginning a career as a cook and then chef. After approximately 8 years of working in restaurants and hotels, he moved to Scotland where his father had been born.

While in Scotland, he completed an undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh and a doctorate at Napier University (also in Edinburgh). Gordon was awarded his PhD in 2002; his PhD dissertation was on Malaysian cinema.

Since graduation, Gordon has worked as a visiting assistant professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada) and Temple University (USA) before coming to Berea College in 2011.

His fields of interest include modernity, globalization, kinship, gender, urbanism, visual culture and media and an area specialization in Southeast Asia.

The focus of his work, both written and filmed, is on understanding the relationship between grand political/philosophical concepts (like modernity), the real-world political and economic manifestations of those concepts, and people’s daily lives.

  • PhD. Napier University, 2002, Dissertation: Malaysian Cinema and Negotiations with Modernity: Film and Anthropology.
  • MA First Class Social Anthropology University of Edinburgh, 1996 (Hons.)
Publications & Works
  • Gordon Gray 2010 Cinema: A Visual Anthropology. New York: Routledge Press.

    2010 ‘Shame and the Fourth Wall: Some considerations for anthropology of the cinema,’ in Yeoh Seng Guan (ed.) Media, Culture and Society in Malaysia, Malaysian Studies Series. Routledge Press.

    2010 ‘Where is the Audience? An “Anti-audience” Study of Malay-language Cinema,’ in J.C.H. Lee (ed.) The Malaysian Way of Life, Kuala Lumpur: Marshall Cavendish Editions.

    Gordon T. Gray 1999 ‘Urbanism: The Symbol of Malay(sian) Modernity,’ in Bozidar Jezernik (ed.) Urban Symbolism and Rituals: Proceedings of the International Symposium Organised by the IUAES Commission on Urban Anthropology. Oddelek za etnologijo in kulturo antropolgijo, Filozofska fakulteta: Ljubljana.
    Journal Articles

    Jianfen Wang & Gordon Gray (2019) ‘The Journey to the West: A Platform for Learning about China Past and Present.’ Education about Asia 24(1), pp. 5-13.

    Gray, G. (2018). ‘The Roles and Representations of Women in Post-Doi Moi Vietnamese Cinema.’ ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts. 25(1), pp. 80–95. DOI:

    ––––– (2015) ‘Being Modern, Malay, and Muslim in the Movies.’ ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts. Spring 22(2), pp. 49-58. DOI:

  • Affiliations

    Association of Asian Studies
    American Association of Anthropology
    Semiotics Society of America