Sharif Mowlabocus

Sharif mowlabocus

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Twitter: @creativemess

  • MA 1999 (English Literature)

    PhD 2006 (Media & Cultural Studies) - University of Sussex, UK

  • Since 2001, Dr Sharif Mowlabocus has been engaged in research located at the intersection of sexuality studies and media studies. His first book, Gaydar Culture, was published in 2010 and represents one of the first substantive analyses of how sexual minorities use digital media resources to negotiate issue of sexual identity, community, practice and health. In 2021, he published Interrogating Homonormtivity, which explored the mainstreaming of LGBTQ politics and culture in the ‘post-equalities’ landscape. 
    Dr Mowlabocus has worked extensively with NGOs and commercial companies to deliver research designed to promote positive change in the health and wellbeing of marginalized communities, often utilizing digital tools to do so. He currently acts as an expert consultant to the Actor Behavior Policy Team at Facebook/Meta. Dr Mowlabocus grew up and attended university in the UK before moving to New York to join the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University in 2019. He has previously taught in Guangzhou, China and has held visiting scholar positions at Microsoft Research New England and Stanford University.
  • Mowlabocus, S (2021) Interrogating Homonormativity. Palgrave Press
    Ramos, R & Mowlabocus, S (eds.) (2020) Queer Sites in Global Contexts: Technologies, Spaces, and Otherness. London, Routledge. 
    Mowlabocus, S (2010) Gaydar Culture: Gay Men, Technology and Embodiment in the Digital Age. Farnham, Routledge
    Mowlabocus, S (under review) ‘Gay for Pay: Homocapitalism and LGBTQ Employees in the Transnational Corporate Landscape’ in Communication, Culture & Critique. 
    Mowlabocus, S (under review) ‘Solitary Vices: Boredom, Masturbation, Modernity’ in International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity
    Mowlabocus, S (2023) ‘Un Grindr plus gentil? La modération du racisme dans les espaces technologiques d’expression du désir’ in Genre, Sexualité & Société. 29, Printemps 2023. URL :
    Mowlabocus, S (2021) ‘Fucking with Homonormativity: The ambiguous politics of chemsex’ in Sexualities,
    Mowlabocus, S (2020) ‘Mediating PrEP – Introduction to Special Section’ in Sexualities. DOI: 10.1177/1363460719886553

    Mowlabocus, S (2019) ‘“What a Skewed Sense of Values”: Discussing PreP in the British Public Sphere’ in Sexualities.

    Mowlabocus, S (2019) ‘‘No politics … We’re a Mardi Gras now’: Telling the story of the LGSM in 21st century Britain.’ In Grant, C. & Kelliher, D. (eds.) Pride Revisited – Open Library of Humanities Journal. 5 (1):63. DOI:

    Mowlabocus, S (2018) ‘“Let’s get this thing open”: Unboxing videos as cultural practice’ in European Journal of Cultural Studies. DOI:

    Mowlabocus, S. & Medhurst, A. (2017) ‘Six propositions on the sonics of pornography’ in Porn Studies

    Mowlabocus, S. (2016) ‘The mastery of the swipe: smartphones, transitional objects and interstitial time’ in First Monday. 21 (10) DOI:

    Mowlabocus, S., Haslop, C. & Dasgupta, R. (2016) ‘From scene to screen: the challenges and opportunities of commercial digital platforms for HIV community outreach programmes – a case study’ in Social Media & Society.
    DOI: 10.1177/2056305116672886

  • WGSS 3001: Queer Theories
    COMC 1101: Communication & Culture: History, Theory & Methods
    COMC 3232: Class, Taste and  Mass Culture
    DTEM 4480: Digital Media and Public Responsibility
    DTEM 3447: Race, Gender and Digital Media
    DTEM 1401: Introduction to Digital Technology & Emerging Media
    DTEM 1402: Digital Cultures