De Gruyter Oldenbourg’s Video Games and the Humanities Advisory Board!


I’m pleased to be a part of De Gruyter Oldenbourg’s Video Games and the Humanities Advisory Board!

This series provides a multidisciplinary framework for scholarly approaches to video games in the humanities. It focuses especially on the dialectics of methodology and object: how do different scholarly fields apply their theories and methods to video games, and how do video games in turn affect these theories and methods?

This series seeks to reconnect media-centric Game Studies to the disciplines it had to distance itself from in its foundation, such as literary studies or film studies, in an attempt to use their differences and contact zones in a mutually productive dialogue. It also seeks to present innovative approaches in other fields in the humanities that have yet to consider video games in a systematic way, and give a home to ground-breaking publications that push the boundaries of existing discourses and debates. In this endeavor, the series is committed to a decidedly global scope as it assembles perspectives from different cultural and academic contexts.

In short, this series wants to see what the humanities do with video games and what video games do to the humanities.
Advisory Board:

Alenda Y. Chang, UC Santa Barbara

Katherine J Lewis, University of Huddersfield

Dietmar Meinel, University of Duisburg-Essen

Soraya Murray, UC Santa Cruz

Michael Nitsche, Georgia Tech

Martin Picard, Leipzig University

Melanie Swalwell, Swinburne University

Mark J.P. Wolf, Concordia University


EVC Fellows Academy 2020-21


I’m pleased to announce that I have been selected for the EVC Fellows Academy! Special thanks to UCSC for supporting my research and scholarly publication.

Devs Screening @ UCSC March 6


Truly stimulating screening of the new FX/Hulu technothriller Devs, and a Q&A with director Alex Garland, as well as executive producers Andrew MacDonald and Allon Reich @UCSC. It was a pleasure to be in conversation with them. Devs was partially filmed on the UCSC campus, and featured the McHenry Library and Quarry Plaza. Garland, who wrote and directed Ex Machina and Annihilation, gives us a fresh vision of the aesthetic richness within which we all work and study—as well as some heady existential propositions.