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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 welcome to be in touch. Recent collaborations with students include projects on neighborhood storytelling networks, place-based games, participatory design, and play that strengthens cities and communities.


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

SOC - School of Communication
McKinley - 318
Contact Info
(202) 885-2066

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For the Media
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See Also
Professional Website


  • Fall 2017

    • COMM-496 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Playful City and Urban Design
    • Description
  • Spring 2018