Personal

So, I should probably have some personal info about me here, right?

I grew up in Bowling Green, Ohio in the halcyon days of the 1970s and 1980s, as you can see above (that’s me, above, rocking a Star Wars shirt back in 1978). I attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, earned a Master’s Degree in Cognitive Psychology from Bowling Green State University, taught some more at Miami’s now-defunct School of Interdisciplinary Studies, and then finally went to finish my PhD in 2006 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working with Constance Steinkuehler.

I play games. Not a ton of them anymore (it’s hard with two small kids), but I believe that anyone who writes about, studies, or critiques games needs to maintain a modicum of engagement with the medium. My students always ask me what my favorite games are, so here are the two reigning champions — The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for digital games, and Android: Netrunner for non-digital games. The latter has become my gaming obsession the last few years, and I’ve regularly played in tournaments for the game, including the last three World Championships (the picture above is a collection of all the fun swag I brought back from Worlds 2017).

I’m married to the inestimably wonderful Elizabeth Ellcessor, and we share a house with the two little friends depicted above. If you want to buy us something fun, we certainly won’t say no: Here’s my Amazon wishlist, full of wonders and delights.