I am Associate Professor of English and Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. I specialize in media studies, twentieth and twenty-first century American literature, and digital game theory and design. Alongside this position, I am the co-founder of the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab and the Transmedia Story Lab. I also serve as Executive Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Critical Inquiry.
Additionally, I am the author of Network Aesthetics (University of Chicago Press, 2016) and co-author with Michael Maizels of The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer (MIT Press, 2016). I am currently completing my next book, Experimental Games (under contract at University of Chicago Press). Along with these books, I have published over thirty essays in humanistic journals such as American Journal of Play, American Literary History, American Literature, boundary 2, Critical Inquiry, differences, Modern Philology, PMLA, and Social Text; multimedia journals such as Audiovisual Thinking, hyperrhiz, Kairos, and Thresholds; and scientific journals such as Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Journal of STEM Education, and Sex Education.
My digital media and game projects have been featured in news publications including Wired, The New Republic, Fast Company, Pacific Standard, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Hyperallergic, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
I completed my PhD in the Department of English at Duke University in 2010, along with a graduate certificate in Information Science and Information Studies.
This portfolio includes my scholarly writing, digital media and game projects, and teaching.