I am a game studies scholar, play researcher, and game design teacher. I am active in the game studies community, with multiple publications and conference presentations. My research focuses on the phenomenology of play, play in social environments, play and performance, the player narrative experience, and ludonarratology. Lately I have been exploring communities of play and social play through karaoke. I am currently a PhD Candidate in the Informatics department at the University of California: Irvine and teach post-secondary digital arts at several orange county schools and colleges.
Before coming to UCI, I spent several years teaching videogame design, animation, video production, and the digital arts to secondary students in Austin, TX.
I live with my kids in sunny Irvine, California.