Kathleen M. Cumiskey


Kathleen M. Cumiskey is a Professor in the Psychology Department, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at CSI.  She is the co-director of the Mosaic Lab in Building 4S. Cumiskey’s research focuses on the affective dimensions of mobile media and mobile communication. She has presented at conferences in Fukuoka, London, Budapest, Dresden and Sydney and has organized conferences that have attracted scholars on mobile technology from all over the world.

Rev. Dr. Cumiskey is an interfaith minister and an advocate for girls’ in confinement in New York State.  She has served on the community advisory board of a residential facility for adjudicated juvenile delinquent girls.  She has worked in collaboration with other organizations to stop the expansion of youth detention facilities in New York City and to change state-run facility operations manuals to ensure the safety of youth who identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender or who are gender non-conforming.  

Rev. Dr. Cumiskey is committed to involving students in “community action projects” and has developed service learning courses at CSI.  She serves as the faculty advisor to CSI’s “Gay-Straight Alliance”. She is a core faculty member of CSI’s Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and has a strong commitment to social and racial justice.


Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center

M.A., Hunter College

B.A., Douglass College, Rutgers University

Scholarship and Publications

Cumiskey, KM & Hjorth, L. (2017). Haunted Hands: Mobile Media and Loss.  New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Brewster, K. & Cumiskey, KM (2017). Missing girls’ voices in residential facilities. In C. Datchi & J. Ancis (Eds.). Gender, Psychology and Justice: The Mental Health of Women and Girls in the Legal System. New York, NY: NYU Press. 151-176.

Cumiskey, KM & Ling, R. (2015). The social psychology of mobile technology. In S. S. Sundar (Ed.). The Handbook of Psychology of Communication Technology.  UK:Wiley-Blackwell. 228 – 246.

Cumiskey, KM (2014). The use of mobile media and the struggle for women’s empowerment. In G. Goggin & L. Hjorth (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media.  New York: Routledge. 365 - 374.

Cumiskey, KM & Hjorth, L (Eds.) (2013). Mobile Media Practices, Presence and Politics: The Challenge of Being Seamlessly Mobile.  London, UK: Routledge.

Cumiskey, KM & Brewster, K, (2012) ‘Mobile Phones or Pepper Spray’: Mobile intimacy imagined as a weapon of self-defense for women. Feminist Media Studies, 12(4), 590-599.

Contact Information

Office: Building 4S Room 201
Fax: 718.982.4114