Ashley Brown

Lecturer in Game Studies

Room: Gaskell Building 175
Brunel University London
United Kingdom
Tel: 01895 265923
Web: Personal Website


Ashley ML Brown is a researcher of sex and games and a 2015 Student-Led Teaching Award recipient for exceptional module design. She completed her PhD at the University of Manchester in sociology in autumn 2013. She is the author of the book Sexuality in Role-Playing Games and helped edit The Dark Side of Game Play, both of which are now available for purchase from Routledge. Her work has been discussed in Times Higher Education, among other international outlets. She additionally volunteers as secretary for the Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) and is also a founding member of the UK chapter of DiGRA. 

Research and Teaching

Research Overview

Although Dr. Brown comes from a diverse social science background, the bulk of her contemporary research focuses on player-studies. She investigates the relationship between games and players and how games mediate social relationships through play. This is of particular interest when it comes to negotiating risk-management and sexual behaviour. 

Select sample of publications:

Brown, A. (2015). Sexuality in Role-Playing Games. New York: Routledge.

Mortensen, T.E., Linderoth, J. and Brown, A. (eds) (2015). The Dark Side of Game Play. New York: Routledge.

Brown, A. (2015). ‘Towards a Taxonomy of Sexy Analogue Play’, Analogue Game Studies, 2(5).

Brown, A. and Berg Marklund, B. (2015). ‘Animal Crossing: New Leaf and the Diversity of Horror in Video Games’, proceedings of the 8th Digital Games Research Association conference. 14 May 2015.

Brown, A. (2015). ‘Awkward: The importance of reflexivity in ethnographic methods’. In Lankoski, P. and Björk, S., eds. Game Research Methods: An Overview. ETC Press. Ch. 6.

Brown, A. (2015). “He is Coming to the Wedding”: Exploring Narratives of Love and Friendship Among Erotic Role Players in World of Warcraft. In Enevold, J. and MacCallum-Stewart, E. (2015). Game Love. McFarland & Company. Ch. 7.

Jones, M. and Brown, A. (2014). ‘Expediency and Expendability: An Exhumation of the Morality of Necromancy’. In Robichaud, C., ed. Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell. Ch. 11.

Brown, A. (2013). ‘‘I Put on my Robe and Wizard Hat’: A brief introduction to erotic role play (and the questions it raises)’. First Person Scholar (Blog).

Brown, A. (2012). ‘‘No One-Handed Typing’: An exploration of cheats and spoilsports in an erotic role play community in World of Warcraft’. Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, 4(3).

Brown, A. (2011). ‘Players and the Love Game’, proceedings of the 5th Digital Games Research Association conference. 17 September 2011.

Teaching Activity

Dr. Brown teaches the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules in addition to supervising dissertation work:

Game Studies 1: Introduction to game studies

Game Genres

Game Studies 3: Socio-cultural contexts

MA Socio-cultural contexts

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