People

Co-Directors

Dr. Hong-An Wu

Dr. Hong-An Wu

Co-director
Hong-An's Bio
Hong-An Wu is a community-based educator, new media artist, and interdisciplinary researcher who investigates the intersection of critical pedagogy and play. Specifically, her work focuses on developing pedagogical approaches that activate civic engagement through the creation and use of digital and interactive technologies, such as video games, for social justice. Currently, she is serving as an assistant professor in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas.

website: www.wuhongann.tw

email: hongan.wu@utdallas.edu

Dr. Josef Nguyen

Dr. Josef Nguyen

Co-director
Josef's Bio
Dr. Josef Nguyen is an assistant professor of critical media studies in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas. He is working on a book project exploring contemporary debates surrounding youth, digital media, and creative labor. He is also interested in technologies of play, the politics of consent, and maker and DIY cultures. His work appears in Configurations, Cultural Politics, and Transformative Works and Cultures.

website: www.josefnguyen.net

email: josef.nguyen@utdallas.edu

 

Graduate Research Assistants

Atanur Andiç

Atanur Andiç

Research Assistant
Atanur's Bio
Atanur Andıç is a Ph.D. student in the program of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas where he is also working as a research assistant at the studio for Mediating Play. Atanur did his Master’s Degree in Communication Studies at Kadir Has University in Istanbul. He is the co-founder of FOLT spaces art initiative. His scholarly interests are video game studies, digital heritage studies, and critical media studies.

email: axa180034@utdallas.edu

Cameron Irby

Cameron Irby

Research Assistant
Cameron's Bio
An aspiring storyteller, Cameron Irby is fascinated by the roles narratives, myths, and tall tales play in our lives, from the ways the news is reported to the lore hidden behind our favorite games. Cameron received his MA in English from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and is currently enrolled in the ATEC program as a Ph.D. student and as Dr. Nguyen’s research assistant. His list of scholarly interests also includes the resurgence of role-playing games, games and sexuality, online communities and culture, and fandom.

email: cli170000@utdallas.edu

Collaborators

Cenk Köknar

Cenk Köknar

Collaborator
Cenk's Bio
Cenk Köknar is a Ph.D. candidate in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication. His research interests include but are not limited to play and game studies, politics in digital games, gaming cultures, esports, and streaming. Cenk makes games, plays games, talks about games, and talks about how people talk about games. He is also a ballroom dancer a.k.a. Dancesport (sport or art?), and he competes in national and international competitions.

website: cenkkoknar.wordpress.com

email: cenk.koknar@utdallas.edu

Chelsea Brtis

Chelsea Brtis

Collaborator
Chelsea's Bio
Receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Chelsea Brtis is currently pursuing her MFA in game design. As an avid outdoors’mam’ and humanitarian, she strives to create games that encourage players to become more mindful of how their actions effect their surroundings outside the game world. She hopes her games will open up conversations between players that reinforce respectful understanding of other living beings and the environment. She furthers her passion through rock climbing, conversing with random animals, and devouring sweets.

email: chelsea.brtis@utdallas.edu

Jack Murray

Jack Murray

Collaborator
Jack's Bio
Jack Murray is currently an M.A. Student in Game Studies pathway. He received his B.S. in Software Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas. Jack’s research interests center around analog games, esports, game design and development. When Jack isn’t touting the virtues of Megagames, scribbling notes for a new game, or debating the difference between cheese-based grilled sandwiches, he spends his time racing cars, learning to sword fight, and generally trying to be an action hero.

email: jack.murray@utdallas.edu

Sam Owens

Sam Owens

Collaborator
Sam's Bio
Sam Owens has a Bachelors of Science in Visualization from the University of Texas A&M and is currently working on receiving her Master of Fine Arts in game design at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her studies focus on female representation in games and games culture. In her free time Sam is an avid consumer of music, movies, and video games.

website: samowensdesign.wordpress.com

email: samantha.owens1@utdallas.edu

Shad Miller

Shad Miller

Collaborator
Shad's Bio
After working in the games industry in Canada and Switzerland, Shad Miller is now a McDermott Fellow pursuing an ATCM Ph.D. with a concentration in Games Development and Narrative at the University of Texas at Dallas. His primary research interests involve play, improvisation, and games as communication.

website: shad-miller.squarespace.com

email: eric.miller@utdallas.edu

Stephen Mallory

Stephen Mallory

Collaborator
Stephen's Bio
Stephen Mallory is a PhD Student who is studying within the fields of Game Development, Game Studies and Games & Learning. After spending over a decade working as a digital game designer and developer, Stephen wants to shake up how Game Studies views games and play from the perspective of education and learning.

email: stephen.mallory@utdallas.edu

Talia Henry

Talia Henry

Collaborator
Talia's Bio
Soon to be receiver of her Bachelor’s degree in Game Studies and Design, Talia Henry is a freelance artist, game designer, and feminist. She has helped co-create the Women In Games organization at UTD, and hopes to continue activist efforts to create safe spaces for creators from all walks of life. An aspiring professor, Talia has an interest in alternate reality games, games as an art form, and games as activism. When she is not busy in academia, she commits her time to non-profit organizations, watching horror films, and urban exploration.

email: talia.henry@utdallas.edu

css.php