I am an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida. I love games and studying them. Much of my research tends to focus on storytelling in games. We’ve been telling stories since the very beginning. They define the human experience, giving gateways into long past cultures and allowing us to see the world through the eyes of another. In games, we get to take this a step further. Because of the control layered by interactivity, the player becomes collaborative in the characters’ triumphs and complicit in their crimes. I want to understand the stakes and values of stories in games.
I teach the study of digital media. I consider my teaching a success when students leave my class as more apt critical thinkers. It’s my hope that at the end of any given semester my students will ask more questions and more effectively use evidence to convince an audience of their position. I know that I wouldn’t be the person that I am without some amazing teachers along the way, and hopefully I can be that for at least some of the people who are in my classes.