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Research Biography

I am a scholar of game design and environmental humanities with particular expertise in inclusive design practices in games. I am interested in how game environments tell stories and evoke emotions in players without relying on language. Representation is another aspect of my work, both in the games industry and in games as media. In particular, I am drawn to the ecoGothic, ecohorror, and the monstrous-feminine. I am a founding editor of OneShot: a Journal of Critical Games and Play, which publishes serious games and essays framing them.

Research Expertise

My research has followed some general themes:

1. How design decisions impact play, especially how more inclusive design practices can facilitate more appealing forms of play for everyone.

2. How environments impact and are impacted by human presence, both in and outside of digital worlds.

3. How representations of people who are traditionally marginalized might be undertaken ethically, both in theory and in practice.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Identity Design: Challenging Archetypes with Feminist Approaches to Game Design, Clemson University

25 Aug 201215 May 2016

Award Date: 15 May 2016

Master of Arts, Wounded Planet, Wounded People: the Possibility of Ecological Trauma in the bone people and Mister Pip, Clemson University

20 Aug 200913 May 2011

Award Date: 13 May 2011

Bachelor of Arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

22 Aug 200313 May 2007

Award Date: 13 May 2007


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Supervisory Interests

  • Interaction design
  • Game design
  • Digital games
  • Games critical review/analysis
  • Games in education
  • Digital game history
  • Environment movements
  • Digital media and multimedia
  • Social media
  • Gender, media history
  • Gender
  • Feminism