I am Professor of English and Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. I specialize in media theory, game studies and design, and twentieth and twenty-first century American literature and culture. 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. I am faculty director of the Weston Game Lab and the Media Arts and Design minor at the University of Chicago. I have helped develop game studies and game design at the University of Chicago.
Additionally, I am the author of Experimental Games: Critique, Play, and Design in the Age of Gamification (University of Chicago Press, 2020), 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 working on a collaborative multimedia book, Story Lab: Collaborative Narrative Methods for a Transmedia Era (under contract with Stanford University Press). Along with these books, I have edited several books and special issues; 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. I have co-directed a number of board, card, video, and alternate reality game projects.
I was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2020. 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.