I am an Assistant Teaching Professor at Syracuse University. I earned my PhD from Clemson University’s interdisciplinary program in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design. My research focuses games, analog and digital, and on the affective and cultural underpinnings of identity, and game-based pedagogy.

My current research projects revolve around the role of games and new media in identity formation and perceptions of non-white subjects. My book project builds a theory of game design to foster conversations around subjective experiences of race. I am also building a 2D platfomer to enact the theory. In addition, I’ve developed a game-based learning model based on tabletop role-playing games to increase student engagement in the classroom and implement stealth assessment.

I also serve as an editor at OneShot: A Journal of Critical Games and Play.

I hold a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Arlington, and an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of North Texas.

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