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Benjamin Stokes

Assistant Professor School of Communication

Benjamin Stokes is a civic media scholar and game designer. He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication, and at the AU Game Lab. Previously, he co-founded Games for Change, the movement hub for advancing social change with games. At the MacArthur Foundation prior to academia, Benjamin was a program officer in their portfolio on Digital Media and Learning. Benjamin has also worked at the UC Berkeley School of Information as a postdoctoral scholar in data science. Design experience in civil society includes leading teams at NetAid/Mercy Corps in global citizenship education.

Students considering our PhD Program or MA in Game Design are encouraged to be in touch. Recent collaborations with students include projects on participatory design, urban planning with community media, place-based games, neighborhood storytelling systems, and network methods for game impact (among others!).


PhD and MA in Communication, University of Southern California; BA in Physics, Haverford College

SOC - School of Communication
McKinley - 318
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  • Fall 2016

    • COMM-496 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Playful City
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    • GNED-140 General Education Area 4 Topic: Who is DC?: Local Identities
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