I study how people play games to understand how technology can better fit in the fabric of everyday life. I employ qualitative methods to produce a naturalistic and nuanced understanding of play and technology. I also program software, translating my insights into design artifacts as a concrete way to deepen my understanding and to communicate my findings. I concentrate on playfulness as a human activity of great interest because it focuses my attention on a rich aspect of life that intersects all spheres.
I completed my Ph.D. on Information Science at the University of Washington. My undergraduate degrees are in Computer Science and Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley. In the past, I have had the privilege of doing research at Microsoft Research, Nokia Research, and PARC.
I live in Seattle, WA
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